Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's announcement comes after disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath, who later turned rebel, accused H D Kumaraswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs -- 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) -- under the anti-defection law till the end of the current term of the House in 2023.
While the Congress is blaming the BJP for the ongoing imbroglio, accusing it of horse-trading to topple the government, the BJP’s top leaders have countered the allegation saying the coalition was crumbling on its own.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Analysis: In the Lok Sabha elections 2019, BJP has capitalised on the fractious relationship between the HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress in Karnataka. New seats in the BJP romp highlights the allergy towards the current state government