Independent MLAs joining the
Cabinet does not mean that they have merged with the ruling
party nor can they be hauled up under the anti-defection law
if they subsequently withdraw support to the Govt, the
SC has ruled.
Independent MLA Varthur Prakash, who had thrown in his lot with JD(S) and was at the forefront of the oust-BS Yeddyurappa government campaign in the past one week, today returned the BJP camp, a day before the second trust vote.
Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid was Monday placed under house arrest when he along with his supporters defied prohibitory orders and tried to stage a dharna to protest the killing of three youths in the Machhil fake encounter.