Karnataka speaker disqualifies 14 rebel MLAs ahead of trust vote

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Updated: July 28, 2019 12:47:27 PM

The 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed earlier this week as HD Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote held after days of political drama.

Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified the MLAs with immediate effect till the end of the term of the assembly. (ANI Photo)

A day ahead of the floor test in Karnataka, the Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified 14 MLAs. The lawmakers, belonging to Congress and JD(S), have been disqualified with immediate effect till the end of the term of the assembly in 2023.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yediyurappa took oath as the chief minister on Friday and is set to face a trust vote in the assembly on Monday. 11 of the disqualified MLAs are from Congress, while three are from JD(S).

“The disqualified MLAs cannot fight elections until the expiry of the term of the 15th assembly,” Ramesh Kumar told the media on Sunday.

The 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed earlier this week as JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote held after days of political drama. After Sunday’s disqualifications, the BJP now has 105 members in the house and the support of one Independent. On the other hand, Congress has 65 and the JDS 34 in the 225-member Karnataka assembly. The BJP is expected sail through in the floor test on Monday.

In the last floor test, a total of 99 MLAs voted in favour of the Congress-JDS coalition government while 105 voted against it. A total of 20 MLAs were absent from the House at the time of division, reducing the strength to 205. The halfway mark was 103. Those who were missing from the House included 15 rebel MLAs (12 of the Congress and 3 of the JD-S), two Congress MLAs who got themselves admitted to hospitals in Mumbai and Bengaluru, two independents and the lone BSP MLA who was later expelled from the party for defying Mayawati’s diktat.

Full list of MLAs disqualified by Karnataka speaker:

Congress

1.Prathapgouda Patil (Maski, Raichur)
2.B C Patil (Hirekerur, Haveri)
3.Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur, Uttara Kannada)
4.S T Somashekhar (Yeshwanthpura, Bengaluru)
5.Byrathi Basavaraj (KR Pura, Bengaluru)
6. Anand Singh (Vijaynagara, Ballari)
7.R Roshan Baig (Shivajinagar, Bengaluru)
8.N Munirathna (Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru)
9.K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura)
10.M T B Nagaraj (Hosakote)
11. Shrimant Patil (Kagwad,Belgaum)

JD(S)
1. A H Vishwanath (Hunsuru, Mysore)
2. KC Narayana Gowda, (Krishnarajpet, Hassan)
3. K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout, Bengaluru)

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