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Karnataka, Bengaluru news highlights: 16 disqualified MLAs join BJP, 13 get BJP tickets for Dec 5 bypolls

Karnataka, Bengaluru news LIVE updates: 16 rebel Cong, JD(S) MLAs who were disqualified from the Karnataka legislative Assembly joined BJP on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 16, 2019 12:23:10 am
BJP-disqualified-MLAs-inducted-Bengaluru Hundreds of party workers and supporters gathered at the BJP Karnataka HQs in Bengaluru. Express Photo/ Darshan Devaiah B P

Karnataka, Bengaluru news LIVE updates: A day after the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka but paved the way for them to contest the December 5 bypolls, 16 disqualified MLAs took membership the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday.

In a grand event that took place at the party headquarters in Bengaluru, CM B S Yediyurappa handed over the party flag to the rebel MLAs, who were formerly with the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), to welcome them to the party.

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16 rebel Cong-JD(S) MLAs join BJP, 13 of them get BJP ticket to contest in upcoming bypolls scheduled for Dec 5. Follow us for LIVE updates

Highlights

    18:15 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Karnataka civic polls: Congress wins more wards than BJP

    Results of Karnataka urban local body elections brought the Congress some cheer on Thursday, as it secured 151 wards out of the total 418 to which elections were held, leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) with 125 wards.

    A total of 14 urban local bodies (ULBs), including City Municipal Councils (CMC) and Town Municipal Councils (TMC), from nine districts in the state had gone to polls on November 12.

    The Janata Dal (Secular) won 63 wards, scoring an upper hand over Congress and BJP only in Chikkaballapura district.

    Read more

    17:56 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rebel BJP leader Raju Kage joins Congress
    15:14 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    BJP announces the list of candidates for bypollls in Karnataka

    BJP announces the list of candidates for 13 out of 15 constituencies for December 5 bypollls in Karnataka. 13 out of 16 disqualified MLAs get BJP ticket. BJP candidates for Shivajinagar and Ranebennur yet to be announced.

    14:23 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    JD(S) announces names of 10 candidates for assembly bypolls in Karnataka

    JD(S) announces names of 10 candidates out of 15 in the first list for assembly bypolls in Karnataka. Candidates include KP Bache Gowda from Chikkaballapur, NM Nabi from Vijayanagar and Chaitra Gowda from Yellapur. 

    13:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    We quit coalition to save state from 'evil politics' : H Vishwanath

    Soon after his induction to the BJP, former Karnataka JD(S) president H Vishwanath said the MLAs decided to quit the Congress-JD(S) coalition to save the state from 'evil politics' played by the top leaders of the coalition. 

    13:18 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Karnataka bypolls: Sharath Bachegowda files nomination as independent candidate in Hoskote

    BJP's rebel and defeated candidate in 2018 assembly polls, Sharath Bachegowda filed nomination as independent candidate in Hoskote for the upcoming bypolls scheduled to be held on December 5.  

    12:38 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Bypolls: BJP needs to win at least 6 of 15 to remain in power

    Bypolls to 15 of 17 seats represented by disqualified MLAs, whose resignation and absence from the trust vote had lead to the collapse of H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July, will be held on December 5.

    In Hoskote BJP's rebel and defeated candidate in 2018 assembly polls, Sharath Bachegowda has decided to contest the bypolls independently, with JD(S) also expressing the intention to support him.

    In Kagwad, former BJP MLA Raju Kage has decided t quit the party and join Congress, which he has claimed has assured him a ticket.

    BJP will need to win at least six out of those 15 seats to remain in power.

    (PTI)

    12:00 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    WATCH| 16 Disqualified MLAs get BJP membership in grand event
    11:54 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Top BJP leaders hand over saffron flag to disqualified MLAs

    The new members of the BJP were welcomed with a party flag handed over to each of them, as they were called on stage by Karnataka bypolls in-charge MLA Arvind Limbavalli.

    List of disqualified MLAs who joined BJP (in order of appearance)

    1.Ramesh Jarkiholi
    2. H Vishwanath
    3. Mahesh Kumathahalli
    4. Shrimant Patil
    5. Pratapgouda Patil
    6. Shivaram Hebbar
    7. B C Patil
    8. Anand Singh
    9. K Sudhakar
    10. Byrathi Basavaraj
    11. S T Somasekhar
    12. N Munirathna
    13. K Gopalaiah
    14. K C Narayana Gowda
    15. R Shankar
    16. MTB Nagaraj (absent)

    However, MTB Nagaraj and R Roshan Baig were not present for the event. Even though no clarification on their absence was given during the event, BJP MLA Limbavalli announced, "MTB Nagaraj has joined our party."

    Earlier, a top BJP leader told Indianexpress.com that former Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig is unlikely to get a BJP membership today. This brings down the number of rebel MLAs expected to join the saffron party to 16. "During our internal meetings, the RSS cadre was adamant that he should not be given BJP membership."

    11:37 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Historic day for BJP: B S Yediyurappa

    Soon after welcoming the disqualified MLAs to BJP, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa said, "This is a historic day for the Bharatiya Janata Party. "

    11:31 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    16 disqualified MLAs get BJP membership; Roshan Baig absent

    As many as 16 disqualified MLAs took membership in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, a day after the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka but paved the way for them to contest the December 5 bypolls, 

    In a grand event that took place at the party headquarters in Bengaluru, CM B S Yediyurappa handed over the party flag to the rebel MLAs, who were formerly with the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), to welcome them to the party.

    11:02 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Who is R Roshan Baig?

    R Roshan Baig (68) is an eight-time MLA has been a minister on six occasions. He has served as home minister in the past and was the minister for urban development in the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government. Baig has been upset after being denied a position in the coalition ministry and has blamed Siddaramaiah for this, which is said to have led to his resignation. 





    He was suspended by the Congress after the Lok Sabha polls for blaming Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, for the party’s defeat. Baig was tipped to join the BJP when he was linked to the multi-crore ponzi scheme scam propagated by the IMA Group and its founder Mansoor Khan. In a video message before he fled the country, Khan alleged that he suffered losses because Baig borrowed over Rs 400 crore and did not return it. An SIT probing the matter has called Baig for questioning on July 11. The Congress leader had declared wealth to the tune of Rs 19 crore in 2013 and Rs 36 crore in 2018. 

    10:50 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Roshan Baig's BJP membership unlikely

    Sources in the BJP told Indianexpress.com that former Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig is unlikely to get a BJP membership today. This brings down the number of rebel MLAs expected to join the saffron party to 16. "During our internal meetings, the RSS cadre was adamant that he should not be given BJP membership," a top leader said.  

    10:17 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    In Karnataka, rumblings over move to give BJP tickets to rebels

    Following the Supreme Court verdict that cancelled the Karnataka Speaker’s decision to bar the 17 disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs from contesting in elections till the Assembly term ends in 2023, the rebel MLAs are all set to join the BJP Thursday.

    However, a decision by the BJP leadership to give tickets to the rebels in 15 state bypolls on December 5 is expected to cause tensions with many local, state and national leaders of the party unhappy over the move. Bypolls in two other seats have held up pending other legal disputes. Read more

    10:06 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Congress dares PM Modi to dismiss BSY govt

    Arguing that the Supreme Court verdict upholding disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka has vindicated the party’s position that they had defected at the BJP’s instance, the Congress on Wednesday demanded dismissal of the B S Yediyurappa government.

    The opposition party dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack the Yediyurappa government and reminded him that he has often spoken about morality in public life.

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said: “We hear every day remarks from the pulpit; we hear preachings about moral values, about corruption, about ethical values from those who are running the ruling party and the governments — both at the Centre and in Karnataka. This is the true behaviour, character and face of those who preach in this manner. They now stand exposed completely.” Read more

    09:59 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Welcome to the live blog!

    As all 17 disqualified MLAs are expected to take membership in BJP today in Bengaluru, follow this liveblog for all news updates LIVE!

    At the same time, Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa exuded confidence of winning all the 15 seats going to bypolls. “We (BJP) will begin campaigning for all 15 constituencies from tomorrow. 101 percent, we are going to win all seats,” he said while welcoming the SC verdict.

    READ| Karnataka MLAs’ disqualification case: Yediyurappa welcomes SC verdict, says BJP to decide poll nominees

    However, a decision by the BJP leadership to give tickets to the rebels in 15 state bypolls on December 5 is expected to cause tensions with many local, state and national leaders of the party unhappy over the move. Bypolls in two other seats have held up pending other legal disputes.

    READ| In Karnataka, rumblings over move to give BJP tickets to rebels

    At the same time, arguing that the Supreme Court verdict upholding disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka has vindicated the party’s position that they had defected at the BJP’s instance, the Congress on Wednesday demanded dismissal of the B S Yediyurappa government.

    The opposition party dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack the Yediyurappa government and reminded him that he has often spoken about morality in public life.

    READ| Congress dares PM Modi to dismiss BSY govt