Karnataka: Trust vote today, rebel MLAs to challenge their disqualification

A day before the trust vote, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 11 Congress and three JD(S) rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law, thus ending their hopes of being inducted into the BJP government. Another three Congress MLAs had been disqualified for anti-party activities on July 25. This effectively reduces the strength of the Assembly from 225 to 208 members (including a nominated Anglo Indian member). The BJP, which formed a one-man government headed by B S Yediyurappa on July 26 after the Congress-JD(S) government lost the trust vote, now has a clear majority of 105 legislators, apart from the support of one Independent MLA. The Congress strength is down to 67 and the JD(S) to 34; the House also has one BSP MLA. Also read: The 11 Congress MLAs who were disqualified on Sunday are: Prathapgouda Patil, B C Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, S T Somashekhar, Byrathi Basavaraju, Anand Singh, Roshan Baig, N Munirathna, K Sudhakar, M T B Nagaraj and Shrimath Patil. The three from the JD(S) are Vishwanath A H, Narayana Gowda and K Gopalaiah. On July 25, the Speaker had disqualified Congress MLAs Ramesh Jharkiholi, Mahesh Kumatahalli and R Shankar (an Independent who later merged with Congress). All the MLAS I am 100% hurt All the 17 MLAs who have been disqualified were associated with the rebellion against the Congress-JD(S) government headed by H D Kumaraswamy and were expecting to be inducted into the BJP cabinet. They are now likely to move the Supreme Court against their disqualification. The disqualification bars the legislators from contesting Assembly polls for the term of the current Assembly We will approach the Supreme Court and fight this out, A PTI report quoted JD(S) rebel Vishwanath A H as saying that the decision was