Prime News, National, Karnataka, Bengaluru, November 13:- It was a big relief for the 17 rebel legislators from Karnataka as the Supreme Court allowed them to contest the upcoming bye-polls. This even as the apex court upheld the Speaker’s order disqualifying them. The rebel leaders are now hoping to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and contest the bye-elections slated to be held on December 5. Their rebellion had not only ensured the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress government to collapse in Karnataka but had also allowed the BJP to come to power.
Speaking to the media after the verdict, disqualified MLA from Hunsur and the then JD(S) state president Adagooru H Vishwanath said that the law has been upheld and he was confident that the Supreme Court would rule in favour of the rebel leaders as they “had not broken any laws”.
“It is a big relief. We did not break any laws. The Speaker, Congress and JD(S) had colluded to ensure that we (referring to the 17 rebel MLAs) cannot contest elections. Today, the Supreme Court has struck down the order and has allowed us to contest. People are watching the Supreme Court’s judgment. The people will accept us once again when we contest elections. I have to discuss with my friends and workers and then decide whether I have to join BJP or not,” Vishwanath alleged.
Soon after the judgment was announced, Nalin Kumar Kateel, the BJP state president said that the party will decide whether or not the rebel leaders should be given tickets to contest polls as soon as possible. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)