BJP Gives Tickets to 13 Disqualified MLAs for Upcoming Bypolls
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Karnataka is scheduled to hold by-elections on December 5.
New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 MLAs from Karnataka but allowed them to contest bypolls, the BJP gave tickets to 13 out of the 17. Sixteen of them have joined the BJP.
These 17 MLAs were previously with the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) and their rebellion led to the fall of the previous Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka, paving the way for the BJP to once again take the state.
Karnataka is scheduled to hold by-elections on December 5. Of the 15 seats that will be up for by-elections, the BJP has announced candidates for 14, out of which 13 are former Congress or former JD(S) legislators who were disqualified by the Supreme Court. The BJP will need to win at least six out of these 15 seats to remain in power. Two more seats in the legislature are vacant but elections for these will be held later.
The fall of the Kumaraswamy government led the BJPs Yediyurappa and former chief minister of the state, to power in Karnataka once again.
The rebellion from these 17 legislators had led to their disqualification by the speaker of the Karnataka assembly. This disqualification was upheld by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. However, the difference is that the speaker had disqualified the MLAs from contesting elections until the end of the current assemblys term in 2023.
The Supreme Court set this aside and has allowed them to the contest by-polls this year. The very next day, the disqualified MLAs all joined the BJP and nearly all of them were given tickets.
Some of the disqualified legislators who have been rewarded by the BJP are from the constituencies of Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapur, Hirekerur, Vijayanagara, Chikkaballapura, KR Puram, Yeshwanthpur, Hoskote, Mahalakshmi Layout, Hunsur, Krishnarajpet.
B.S. Yediyurappa, the current chief minister, spoke on Thursday expressing confidence in these new candidates and said they would be future legislators and ministers. This indicates that several of the rebels MLAs could also be rewarded with ministerial positions if they win their bypoll seats. He also said that his party was confident that it would win all 15 of the seats that are up for the bypolls.