Disqualified Karna MLAs welcome SC nod for contesting by-polls
Bengaluru, Nov 13 (PTI) Disqualified Karnataka MLAs on
Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict allowing them to
contest the December 5 by-elections in the state.
Upholding the then Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar''s
decision to disqualify them, the apex court had however struck
down a portion of his order restricting them to contest polls
till the completion of the present term of the House, which
ends in 2023.
"The Supreme court allowing us to contest election is
important to us. We welcome it.. We are politicians.. This
verdict is important to us," disqualified JDS MLA from Hunsur
A H Vishwanath told reporters in New Delhi.
When asked about the party he would contest from,
Vishwanath declined to comment.
Other MLAs including B C Patil, Pratap Gouda Patil and K
Gopalaiah too echoed similar sentiments.
Hailing the top court order, BJP state president Nalin
Kumar Kateel said already the election date has been announced
and the party would convene a meeting to discuss the future
course of action.
Asked whether the BJP would give the disqualified MLAs
tickets to contest in the by-polls, he said, "We will hold
discussions with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa."
Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had disqualified the 17
legislators of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition ahead of a
trust vote in July.
The then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had resigned
after losing the trust vote, which paved the way for the BJP-
led government in the state under B S Yediyurappa.
Bypolls to 15 out of these 17 assembly seats which fell
vacant following the disqualification of MLAs are scheduled on
December 5 and candidates are required to file their
nomination papers between November 11 and November 18. PTI GMS
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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