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Karnataka disqualified MLAs case: Rebel leaders rush to Delhi

With the Supreme Court set to deliver its verdict on Karnataka disqualified MLAs tomorrow, rebel MLAs rushed to national capital to decide on future course of action 


Karnataka disqualified MLAs case: Rebel leaders rush to Delhi
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 12, 2019, 6:12 PM IST
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Bengaluru:  On the eve of Supreme Court’s verdict on disqualified MLAs, one of the anxious disqualified MLAs BC Patil has rushed to Delhi. BC Patil will land in Delhi this evening (Nov 12). Reportedly, all other disqualified MLAs will join BC Patil in Delhi this evening and discuss with advocates, the future course of action and the options available to them.

Not just the disqualified MLAs, all parties including the BJP and the opposition are waiting with bated breath to know what lies in future for these rebel MLAs.

People are divided on the speculation on whether the Supreme Court’s verdict will favour the disqualified MLAs or go against them.

There are two likely scenarios which might emerge in the judgement and they are:

Scenario 1: Disqualifications upheld, but resignations accepted – by-polls to be held

Scenario 2: Disqualifications set aside, resignations unaccepted – No need for by-polls 

The disqualified MLAs are set to file their nominations for the upcoming by-polls if the Supreme Court’s verdict is in their favour. The disqualified MLAs have decided to file their nominations on Monday.

In this case, the disqualified MLAs will need to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC) from Shasakara Bhavan and later submit it to the Election Commission of India.

While the Congress and JD(S) submitted the controversial audio tape that allegedly featured BS Yediyurappa confessing to horse trading charges, in the wake of Supreme Court delivering its verdict, the court has set aside this issue of the tape as a matter not pertinent to the MLAs disqualification case.

As many as 17 MLAs from both Congress and JD(S) decided to bid goodbye to their parties and tendered their resignation to former Speaker Ramesh Kumar. Later, they all camped at a hotel in Mumbai.

This led to the collapse of the coalition government as it could not prove their majority on the floor of the house. The BJP then came to power with BS Yediyurappa taking charge as chief minister.

Meanwhile, the Speaker disqualified all the 17 MLAs and banned them from contesting elections till 2023. The rebel leaders had approached the top court in this regard.

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