Bengaluru: With Supreme Court verdict upholding disqualifications of MLAs and allowing them to contest the upcoming by-polls, reactions poured in from all political parties. Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on Karnataka disqualified MLAs.

BS Yediyurappa said, “I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. The verdict states that all 17 MLAs can contest elections. We will start preparing for by-polls from tomorrow. We will surely win all 17 seats in the by-polls. We will talk about giving tickets to disqualified MLAs in today’s core committee meeting.”

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On the other hand, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah also welcomed the decision and said, “there are two parts to the verdict. One is the disqualification on the grounds that they have defected from the party and cannot contest elections till the remaining term. The other part is that the court has allowed the (disqualified MLAs) to contest by-polls. Disqualification is upheld and this is very important. The orders of Speaker Ramesh Kumar become the law of the land.”

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However, KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao didn’t sound very happy with the judgement and said, “I’ll have to read the complete judgement and then react to the verdict. But on the surface, I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision in the Karnataka disqualified MLAs case.

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BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel also reacted on the verdict and said he welcomed the fact that “the top court has upheld the Speaker’s decision to disqualify MLAs and also has allowed the MLAs to contest upcoming by-polls.     

Earlier today, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the case related to the 17 Karnataka disqualified MLAs. Observing that morality should be a key aspect of both the ruling party and the opposition, the court upheld the disqualification of the 17 rebel MLAs honouring what the then Speaker Ramesh Kumar did. However, the court allowed the disqualified MLAs to contest the upcoming by-polls.