Day after cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls, four JD(S) MLAs resign from Karnataka Assembly

Bengaluru: Ahead of Assembly polls, the JD(S) on Saturday suffered a setback when four of its rebel MLAs resigned from the Karnataka Assembly, a day after cross-voting in favour of Congress' Rajya Sabha candidates.

BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan, R Akhanda Srinivasamurthy, N Chaluvaraya Swamy and Bheema Naik submitted their resignations to Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad at his residence.

The MLAs are likely to join Congress in a day or two, said sources close to them.

The four MLAs were among the seven who rebelled against their party and been vocal against the party leadership, especially HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) state unit chief and son of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.

File image of Karnataka Assembly. Wikimedia Commons

File image of Karnataka Assembly. Wikimedia Commons

Koliwad told reporters he had accepted the resignations because they were in order.

"On Saturday, Chaluvaraya Swamy, BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan, R Akhanda Srinivasamurthy and Bheema Naik have resigned from the Legislative Assembly. When I asked them personally, they said they resigned on their own without political pressure or any duress. I have accepted their resignations," he said.

Speaking to reporters after resigning, Khan said he decided to walk out of JD(S) because it has become "a party of one-upmanship."

"HD Kumaraswamy does not listen to anyone. He does not bother to consult his father, or elder brother HD Revanna. Will he listen to us?" said Khan.

The votes cast by seven JD(S) rebel MLAs in the Rajya Sabha biennial election on Friday and also support of Independents had helped the ruling Congress win the third seat as a bonus, though it had strength only to bag two seats for sure.

Despite the shortfall in its strength with 37 members, including seven rebels, as against the required 44 votes, JD(S) had also fielded its candidate, but boycotted the poll midway alleging electoral malpractice by the Congress in "collusion" with the returning officer.

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Updated Date: Mar 24, 2018 15:40:46 IST

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