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Karnataka disqualified MLAs SC Verdict Highlights: All 17 disqualified MLAs to join BJP Thursday morning, Yediyurappa confirms after SC verdict

Karnataka disqualified MLAs SC Verdict Highlights: SC upholds disqualification but allows 17 Karnataka MLAs to contest the upcoming bye-elections on December 5.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru, New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2019 9:55:05 am
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Karnataka disqualified MLAs SC Verdict Highlights: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the then Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar’s decision disqualifying 17 MLAs.  However, the Apex Court has allowed them to contest polls, striking down the provision fixing a time period for which they will remain disqualified.

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The verdict is of high importance to the politicians as byelections to their 15 of their respective constituencies – except Rajarajeshwari Nagar (N Munirathna) and Maski (Pratapgouda Patil) – have been scheduled for December 5.

“All JD(S) and Congress MLAs…wanted to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Our state president (Nalinkumar Kateel) will receive them and will give them party membership,” Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa said after the BJP Core Committee Meeting held in Bengaluru.

Earlier, Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “If BJP has any morality left, they should not give tickets to the disqualified MLAs to contest.”

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    22:14 (IST)13 Nov 2019

    Karnataka bypolls:BJP announces leaders in-charge for 15 constitutencuies

    Arvind Limbavalli - In-charge leaders for bypolls


    1. Athani - K S Eshwarappa, Laxman Savadi
    2. Kagawad - K S Eshwarappa, C C Patil
    3. Gokak - Suresh Angadi, Sasikala Jolle
    4. Yellapura - Pralhad Joshi, Kota Srinivasa Poojari
    5. Hirekerur - Basavaraj Bommai
    6. Rannebennur - Jagadish Shettar, Prabhu Chauhan
    7. Vijayapura - Govind M Karjol, N Ravikumar
    8. Chickballapura - D V Sadananda Gowda, C T Ravi
    9. KR Puram - R Ashok, D V Sadananda Gowda
    10. Yeshwantpur - R Ashok, Shobha Karandlaje
    11. Mahalakshmi Layout - V Somanna, S Suresh Kumar
    12. Shivajinagar- Nirmal Kumar Surana
    13. Hoskote - C N Ashwath Narayan, S R Vishwanath
    14. KR Pete - J Madhuswamy, Pritam Gowda
    15. Hunsur - B Sriramulu, Pratap Simha

    19:24 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    All disqualified MLAs to join BJP Thursday morning, Yediyurappa confirms

    "All JD(S) and Congress MLAs...wanted to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Our state president (Nalinkumar Kateel) will receive them and will give them party membership," Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa said after the BJP Core Committee Meeting held in Bengaluru.

    When asked whether all the disqualified MLAs would be given BJP ticket to contest in the upcoming bypolls, Yediyurappa said, "We have not discussed anything on those lines yet."

    16:56 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    All 17 of us will join BJP in Bengaluru HQs tomorrow: Disqualified MLA Ramesh Jharkiholi

    Ending speculation on whether all disqualified MLAs would join the BJP, disqualified MLA Ramesh Jharkiholi said, "All 17 of us will join the BJP in the party headquarters in Bengaluru on Thursday at 10.30 am."

    When asked whether the disqualified MLAs would get BJP candidature from their respective constituencies, he added, "A final decision will be taken after discussions with BJP leaders tomorrow after we take membership in the party."

    16:45 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Will become minister in BJP govenment: H Vishwanath

    Reacting to the SC judgment, disqualified MLA and former JD(S) Karnataka president H Vishwanath said, "I will contest bypolls from Hunsur. I am confident of winning the elections to become a minister in the BJP government in Karnataka." He added that Ramesh Jharkiholi is "the leader of the disqualified MLAs." 

    15:22 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Yediyurappa is now safe: H D Deve Gowda

    Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda said on Wednesday that the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka would complete the term "without much botheration."

    He was reacting to the Supreme Court verdict allowing 17 disqualified MLAs of Congress and JDS in Karnataka to contest the upcoming bypolls. The SC bench Wednesday also clarified that the disqualified MLAs cannot become ministers or hold public office if they aren't elected back during the bypolls. 

    "There is no question of either giving any berth in the cabinet or offering any cabinet member or board chairman post to them (17 disqualified MLAs), for all those who went to Bombay and came back to Bengaluru. Even though they have been permitted to contest elections, they have no scope of getting anything further," he said in Bengaluru.

    He added, "Yediyurappa is now safe. Without much botheration, he can run the government (with majority)."

    15:04 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    What is the party-wise representation in Karnataka Legislative Assembly now?

    The Karnataka Legislative Assembly has 224 members in total. As representation from 17 constituencies lie vacant as of now, the total has reduced to 207.

    Here's how it looks now:

    BJP - 106 (including the speaker)
    Congress - 65
    JD(S) - 34
    BSP - 1
    Independent - 1
    Nominated - 1

    14:44 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    SC verdict 'tight slap on Congress' faces': CT Ravi

    Karnataka minister and BJP leader CT Ravi Wednesday alleged Karnataka Congress of playing "dirty politics through their (then) Speaker" K R Ramesh Kukar. "Today Supreme Court has ordered that these MLAs can contest the by-elections. This is nothing but a tight slap on their faces, particularly former CM @siddaramaiah," he wrote on Twitter.

    In the case of the disqualified MLAs, @INCKarnataka leaders played "Dirty Politics" through their Speaker.

    14:31 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Top BJP leaders assure tickets to disqualified MLAs: Sources

    As uncertainty continues to loom over the political career of the disqualified MLAs who were formerly with the Congress and JD(S), sources told Indianexpress.com that top BJP leaders have assured bye-election tickets to all of them. "The MLAs have met our national secretary B L Santhosh in Delhi after which they have left to Bangalore. They (disqualified legislators) will join BJP first, after which the announcement of their candidature will be made," a BJP leader said.

    14:20 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Karnataka MLAs’ disqualification case: Yediyurappa welcomes SC verdict, says BJP to decide poll nominees

    Soon after the Supreme Court allowed the 17 disqualified MLAs of Congress and JDS in Karnataka to contest the upcoming bypolls, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa welcomed the judgment and said the BJP would take a call on the issue of giving them tickets to contest next month’s bypolls after consulting the party leadership at Centre.

    “We will begin campaigning for all 15 constituencies from tomorrow. 101 per cent, we are going to win all seats,” Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru.

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    14:05 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Karnataka bypolls: List of constituencies, disqualified MLAs – all you need to know

    The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered that the 17 Karnataka MLAs of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), who were disqualified by former Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar in July this year from the 16th Legislative Assembly, can contest the upcoming bye-elections on December 5 even as it upheld the Speaker’s decision. Get full list here

    13:07 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Once elected, MLAs can't switch parties as they wish: Siddaramaiah

    Reacting to the Apex Court's verdict on the plea submitted bu disqualified MLAs in Karnataka, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah said, "The SC judgement proves that the MLAs defected the party with ulterior motives, hence their disqualification. The defection is neither voluntary nor genuine. Once an MLA is elected in a democratic setup, they can't switch parties as they wish."

    12:52 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    SC has partially upheld Speaker's decision: Siddaramaiah
    12:31 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Growing trend of Speaker acting against duty of being neutral: Supreme Court
    12:19 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    CM Yediyurappa to begin campaigning from tomorrow

    Welcoming the Supreme Court judgment, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, ""I have decided to begin campaigning for the Dec 5 bye-elections from tomorrow."

    12:07 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Will decide on party soon: Disqualified MLA Byrathi Basavaraj
    11:54 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    BJP should not give tickets to disqualified MLAs: Dinesh Gundu Rao
    11:46 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Full List| Know the MLAs and their constituencies

    Former Congress MLAs

    R Roshan Baig - Shivajinagar
    Ramesh Jharkiholi - Gokak
    Anand Singh - Vijaynagara
    ST Somashekar - Yeshwantpur
    Byrathi Basavaraj - KR Puram
    BC Patil - Hirekerur
    Shivaram Hebbar - Yellapur
    Mahesh Kumathahalli - Athani
    MTB Nagaraj - Hoskote
    K Sudhakar - Chikkaballapura
    Shrimant Patil - Kagwad

    Former JDS MLAs
    H Vishwanath - Hunsur
    Narayana Gowda - KR Pete
    K Gopalaiah - Mahalakshmi Layout


    Former independent MLA

    R Shankar - Ranebennur


    The byelections to two constituencies – Rajarajeshwari Nagar (N Munirathna) and Maski (Pratapgouda Patil) – have not been scheduled for December 5 as various other cases from these constituencies are in Court.

    11:28 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Parties to announce candidates for Dec 5 bypolls soon

    As the nomination process for by-elections to 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka began on Monday,  all three major political parties in Karnataka - BJP, Congress and JD(S) were waiting for the Supreme Court order on disqualification of the 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs. 

    The naming of the candidates to these constituencies are expected to take place soon. 

    It can be recalled that the Congress had released its first list of eight candidates for the coming byelections to 15 Karnataka assembly constituencies, stealing a march over erstwhile coalition partner JDS and ruling BJP.

    11:11 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Karnataka MLAs get permission to contest December 5 bypolls

    The Supreme Court has allowed the 17 Karnataka MLAs to contest the upcoming bye-elections on December 5. The Speaker had previously barred them from contesting election during the tenure of the current Assembly, which is until 2023. The MLAs are now hopeful to contest the elections, but the question on which party would give them the ticket remains. 

    The verdict is of high importance to the politicians as byelections to their 15 of their respective constituencies – except Rajarajeshwari Nagar (N Munirathna) and Maski (Pratapgouda Patil) – have been scheduled for December 5.

    10:51 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Supreme Court upholds Speaker's decision disqualifying them; allows them to contest polls
    10:46 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    SC begins to read out order; says 'don't appreciate the manner in which petitioners came to Court'

    As the Supreme Court bench begins to read out the verdict on the plea submitted by disqualified Karnataka MLAs challenging the then Speaker, the SC says "It is equally binding on the govt and opposition."

    Justice NV Ramana, who heads the bench, then adds, "We do not appreciate the manner in which the petitioners came to the Court."

    10:24 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    SC to pronounce verdict shortly

    The Supreme Court will pronounce judgments on three important matters, including on plea by 17 Karnataka MLAs challenging the then Speaker’s action of disqualifying them, in some time. 

    A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari had reserved its judgment on the plea by the ex-MLAs on October 25.

    10:19 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    MLA supporters perform 'Urulu Seva' in Gokak temple

    Supporters of disqualified MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi perform 'Urulu Seva' at Lakshmi temple in Gokak, Belagavi district praying for a positive verdict for their legislator. 

    Ramesh Jharkiholi — once a Siddaramaiah associate - had since switched sides and led to the Congress-JD(S) government’s fall last year.

    10:04 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    RECAP| Here's all that took place in Karnataka politics during July 2019

    Following the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka on July 23 which led to BJP leader B S Yediyurappa taking oath as the 25th Chief Minister of the state on July 26, Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified 17 rebel MLAs who tendered resignations from July 1. The resignations had pushed the state to the a deep political crisis, which is yet to be overcome. 

    Get full timeline of events

    09:35 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Karnataka bye-elections: Candidate choice increases rift between Cong’s top two leaders

    The bypolls to 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka is seen as causing a strain in the Congress’s state leadership, with two of its tallest leaders, former CM Siddaramaiah and former minister D K Shivakumar, ostensibly pulling in different directions on the choice of candidates, especially for Belagavi region.

    Siddaramaiah, popular among Congress MLAs, is said to be pitching for some of his old associates in constituencies in Belagavi region, while Shivakumar, who enjoys trust of the party high command, is keen to field BJP rebels in what is also seen as a personal battle for Shivakumar against former Congress leader from the region Ramesh Jharkiholi — once a Siddaramaiah associate who has since switched sides and led to the Congress-JD(S) government’s fall last year. Read more

    09:31 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Explained| MLA disqualification case: Why SC verdict today holds key to Karnataka bypolls (and BSY govt)

    The Supreme Court will deliver judgment on aspects of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, popularly known as the anti-defection law, on Wednesday in the context of the disqualification of 17 MLAs of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in Karnataka.

    The MLAs were disqualified from the 16th Karnataka Legislative Assembly by the then Speaker on July 25 and 28 this year under the anti-defection law, and were barred from contesting elections during the tenure of the current Assembly (which is until 2023). Read more

    09:24 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Supreme Court verdict on disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs: Welcome to the LIVE blog

    As uncertainty looms over the future of 17 politicians from Karnataka as the Supreme Court will announce the verdict on their plea to cancel their disqualification on Wednesday, we bring all updates from the Apex Court and from Karnataka LIVE to you. Keep following this blog for updated details. 

    It can be recalled that the then Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 13 MLAs from the Congress, 3 JD(S) legislators and one independent MLA citing anti-defection laws after almost a month of confusion in July 2019.

    While the then speaker Ramesh Kumar disqualified three MLAs - independent MLA R Shankar and Congress rebels Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli - on July 25, 14 other legislators were disqualified on July 28.

    The other disqualified MLAs who attracted anti-defection laws according to the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution include Pratap Gouda Patil, BC Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, Anand Singh, Roshan Baig, K Sudhakar, Muniratna, MTB Nagaraj, Shrimant Patil, H Vishwanath, Narayan Gowda, and Gopalaiah.

    Meanwhile, the Congress on October 31 released its first list of eight candidates for the upcoming byelections to 15 Karnataka assembly constituencies, stealing a march over erstwhile coalition partner JDS and ruling BJP.