Mayawati sacks BSP MLA for abstaining during trust vote in Karnataka

BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday sacked party MLA N Mahesh for not supporting Congress-JD(S) government during the trust vote in Karnataka. The BSP legislator had abstained from voting. Mayawati on Sunday had directed Ramesh to vote for the Kumaraswamy government. Moments after the coalition government lost the confidence motion, Mayawati in a tweet said that Mahesh has defied the party direction by abstaining from the voting process in the Assembly. The party has taken it seriously. And for this reason, the party has sacked Mahesh with immediate effect, she said. The coalition government was pushed into the minority after 16 MLAs (13 from Congress and 3 from JDS) resigned on the ground that no development work was done in their respective constituencies. The BSP sacked its lone member in the state after he defied the party directive. Hours after the government fell, Congress Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal accused the BJP of subverting the coalition government. It was done by the nefarious joint efforts of the Central Govt, Governor, State Govt of Maharashtra BJP leadership. BJP facilitated this dirty-dealing political drama by offering a huge amount of black money and ministerial berths to the defected MLAs. Along with this, the BJP also misused central agencies like enforcement and Income Tax for blackmailing and horse-trading, he said. The Congress leader further said that the saffron party has carried out one of the biggest political subversion and hawala transaction to destabilize the coalition government in Karnataka. The Congress party will hold nationwide protests against the immoral political destabilization carried out by the BJP, he said.