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Bengaluru: Congress to take legal action against 4 rebel MLAs

Bengaluru, Feb 8 (IANS): The ruling Congress in Karnataka on Friday decided to take legal action against its four 'rebel' legislators for defying the party whip to attend the 10-day Budget Session of the Assembly and skipping its legislature party meeting here.

"We have decided to take legal action against the four MLAs who defied the party whip to attend the Budget Session of the Assembly and remained away from Friday's special legislature party meeting here," Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

The four legislators are Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), Umesh Jadhav (Chincholi) and B Nagendra (Ballari).

Though the four responded to the second notice Siddaramaiah served on them on Thursday for skipping the first two days of the ongoing Budget Session since Wednesday, the former Congress Chief Minister said the unanimous opinion of the CLP was for legal action against them under the anti-defection law, as sufficient opportunity was given to them to fall in line.

"All the four legislators have written to me informing their inability to attend the ongoing session till February 15.

"Jharkiholi replied that he had a wedding to attend, Kumathalli said he was unwell, Jadhav explained he was pre-occupied and Nagendra that he was held up with personal work," Siddaramaiah said.

In response to the first notice served on them on January 18 for skipping the CLP meeting on that day, the four members, however, claimed they were loyal to the Congress and would not leave the party.

"But when I wrote back to them asking to meet me personally and explain their stand for staying away from the CLP meeting, they remained defiant and did not meet me so far," said Siddaramaiah.

In the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated from the Anglo-India community, the Congress has 80 MLAs, including the Speaker, JD-S 37, BJP 104 and the remaining are an Independent and one each from the BSP and the KPJP, a regional outfit.

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  • Aubb, India / Kuwait

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    The masterminds behind the current political scenario are Modi, Amit Shah, Reddy, Cheddi and gang of Karnataka.

    Modi doesn't keep up any of his promises, leave alone fight against corruption, and black money.

    All lies are exposed with facts and statistics, which has brought an end of BJP already.

    BJP mukth India ki jai!!

    Jai Hind!!

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  • vasu, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    If Modi has so much power that he can control all BJP MLAs and Congress MLAs then we better vote for Modi. Why waste on people who are in control of MODI..

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    Actually where is Kampli MLA Ganeshaa? MISSING since Jan 19 after resort fight.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    Disqualify these MLA's from their Constituency ...

    DisAgree [4] Agree [21] Reply Report Abuse

  • kp, udupi

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    Mr Nidderamaih only behind this high drama he dont want to continue kumaranna as CM now by taking legal action against rebel want to show as super CM

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  • kp, udupi

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    Dombaratta played by all political party to play with common man.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy released two audio clips purportedly of BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa trying to lure JD(S) MLA Nagan Gouda, claiming the party was trying to topple his government.
    In the audio, according to Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa had tried to lure the JDS MLA Naganagowda Kandkur’s son Sharana by allegedly offering him Rs 25 crore and a ministerial post if his father switched loyalty in favor of the BJP.

    On one side Narendra Modi is preaching to the country and politicians, on the other side, he is encouraging his friends to demolish democracy through black money. He is systemically demolishing this country’s democracy. Without the knowledge of the prime minister, is it possible to do this?
    Last month, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for attempting to poach his MLAs in Karnataka with ‘Rs 50-Rs 70 crores’ each.

    Now BJP for the lust of power BJP is acting like a 'pimps' running the brothels.
    If there is no 'Development' in Karnataka for the last 9 months, if one needs to be blamed is RSS political wing BJP.
    Unfortunately, Karnataka is heading the way of Arunchal Pradesh, Goa and Manipur style of democracy.
    Jai Hind

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    Party with 104 seats is in opposition..... is known as democracy

    Party which fought each other fiercely before election and got 80 and 37 seats are loving equally fiercely after election are in power....

    Hey Ram......
    The public is like monkey and need to keep their eyes, mouth and ears shut...

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  • SANDESH, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    party.which fought each other fiercely before election..and in election rally bjp presidents .. "if nithish wins crackers burst in PAKISTAN ...'now the same party joins hand with nithish and ruling Bihar ... and last goa election 40 seat assembly election gongress wins 17 seats with3 short of halfwaymark ..but bjp with 13 seats made unholy allaince with smaller party now ruling goa ... HEY RAM .....

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    "3ru bittava khangressnali doddava"

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    There was a news item in a TV which showed, he is in Mumbai Protected by Maharashtra Police along with PA of Yeddy, they are enjoying their stay there visiting pubs & hotels.
    When chowkidhar himself is protecting a criminal nobody can lay a hand on him!

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    He was elected by his constituency people as a MLA
    Let the people ask the police to catch n bring there.
    Let him resign before he supports the suffron party.

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 8 2019

    First catch Kampli Ganesh, who is absconding since 15 days, 4 special teams have been formed to nab him ... He is still on the run .... FBI can only drill him out now ....

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