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Karnataka bypolls: Several JDS MLAs in touch with us, says BJP leader Arvind Limbavali

With BJP aiming to win over more opposition MLAs, BJP leader Arvind Limbavali hinted that several JD(S) leaders are in touch with BJP.  This comes days ahead of the bypolls in Karnataka.

Karnataka bypolls: Several JDS MLAs in touch with us, says BJP leader Arvind Limbavali
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 26, 2019, 1:20 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Hinting that exodus of opposition MLAs into the BJP will continue, party state general secretary Arvind Limbavali on Monday claimed that several JD(S) legislators were in touch with them and have expressed "desire" to join the saffron party.

The senior BJP legislator, who is also the party's convener for the December 5 bypolls in Karnataka, has said that JD(S) leaders' statements hinting at supporting the BJP government in the state, if it fails to garner required number of seats in the bypolls, display their "insecurity".

"In Karnataka, several JD(S) legislators have expressed their desire to join the BJP," he said.

That is the reason JD(S) leaders are saying that BJP will face defeat in this bypolls and we (BJP) will lose majority and at such a situation they (JDS) will support the BJP and save the government. By saying such things, the (JDS) is showcasing its insecurity," Limbavali added.

Speaking to reporters, he said, "Several JD(S) legislators are in touch with the BJP. Once the bypolls are over, we will tell how many of them are in touch with us."

JD(S) leaders, who have indicated that they don't want mid-term polls, have already stated that a call will be taken on the party's role, in case the ruling BJP loses majority, only after the results on December 9.

The by-election was necessitated after the resignation of 17 Congress-JD(S) legislators, which led to the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government and paved the way for BJP to come to power.

The 17 legislators were subsequently disqualified by the then Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. However, the Supreme Court which heard the MLAs' petition challenging the disqualification recently, allowed them to contest the bypolls.

With winning majority seats being crucial for the government's survival, the BJP has fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators who joined the party as its candidates from their respective constituencies.

The ruling BJP needs to win at least six seats in the bypolls to remain in majority in the 224-member Assembly, which will still have two vacant seats-- Maski and RR Nagar.

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