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BJP makes 13 rebel MLAs Karnataka by-poll candidates

By allowing the rebels to contest elections and yet keeping them disqualified, the Supreme Court had put an obligation on the Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa

The BJP released its first list of candidates for the Karnataka Assembly by-election on Thursday. The names of 13 rebel MLAs (disqualified) have been included in the list.

Of the 17 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JDS, 15 joined the BJP today in the presence of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru. The names of candidates were announced thereafter.

Among the 13 rebel MLAs who have been nominated by the BJP are

  • Mahesh Kumatalli from the Athani seat
  • Shrimant Gowda Patil from Kagwad
  • Ramesh Jarakiholi from Gokak
  • Shivram Hebbar from Yellapur
  • BC Patil from Hirekarur
  • Anand Singh from Vijayanagar,
  • K Sudhakar from Chikkaballapur
  • Bhairethi Basavaraj from KR Pura
  • ST Somashekar from Yeshwanathpura
  • K Gopalaiyah from Mahalaxmi Lout
  • MTB Nagaraj from Hoskete
  • KC Narayan from Krishnarajapet Ovda
  • H Vishwanath from Hunsur

M Sharvana from Shivajinagar is another candidate whose name was announced today.

On Wednesday, the rebel MLAs of Karnataka had got a big relief from the Supreme Court that, while delivering the verdict on the petition of rebel MLAs, had allowed them to contest elections in the upcoming Assembly by-election in Karnataka. The court has, however, upheld their disqualification.

The apex court said that the Speaker “does not have the power to either indicate the period for which a person is disqualified or bar someone from contesting elections” under the 10th schedule of the Constitution. This judgment made the Karnataka chief minister accommodate the rebels who had helped him to power by switching sides. While Yediyurappa may lose the support of his own party cadre who may feel they have been overlooked for the by-election as BJP candidates.

Following the judgment of the apex court, some disqualified MLAs met Ashwatthanarayan in Delhi with BJP’s general secretary BL Santosh. Ashwatthanarayan said that the party leaders and disqualified MLAs would meet the chief minister and the State BJP president on Thursday and decide on the future plan.

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