Congress expels 14 rebel MLAs for indulging in 'anti-party activities' week after fall of coalition govt in Karnataka

The Congress on Tuesday expelled the 14 rebel MLAs from Karnataka who were responsible for bringing down the party's coalition government in the state

Press Trust of India July 30, 2019 23:58:19 IST
Congress expels 14 rebel MLAs for indulging in 'anti-party activities' week after fall of coalition govt in Karnataka
  • The Congress on Tuesday expelled the 14 rebel MLAs from Karnataka who were responsible for bringing down the party's coalition government

  • All the MLAs, who resigned from the state legislature, had abstained from voting that led to the defeat of the Congress-JD(S) government

  • The Congress-JDS coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy crumbled under the weight of a rebellion by a big chunk of its lawmakers

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday expelled the 14 rebel MLAs from Karnataka who were responsible for bringing down the party's coalition government in the state.

Congress expels 14 rebel MLAs for indulging in antiparty activities week after fall of coalition govt in Karnataka

File image of Siddaramaiah. ANI

All the MLAs, who resigned from the state legislature, had abstained from voting that led to the defeat of the Congress-JD(S) government in the trust vote.

The action by the party comes days after these MLAs were disqualified from the state legislature.

The then Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified 11 Congress legislators -- Pratap Gowda Patil, B C Patil, Shivram Hebbar, S T Somashekar, Byrati Basavaraj, Anand Singh, Roshan Baig, Munirathna, K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj and Shrimant Patil -- on Sunday.

Three other rebel MLAs -- Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumatalli and Shankar -- were disqualified on Thursday.

The Congress-JDS coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy crumbled under the weight of a rebellion by a big chunk of its lawmakers, 20 of whom were absent for the voting that led to the defeat of its trust vote.

The AICC has approved the proposal received from PCC President, Karnataka regarding the expulsion of the MLAs, a party statement said, giving the names of all the 14 MLAs.

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