Bengaluru, Nov 17: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday warned the rebel BJP candidates of stringent disciplinary actions if they fail to withdraw their nominations from the December 5 by-elections.
Speaking to the media, the Chief Minister said that Sharath Bachegowda, the BJP rebel candidate and former minister MTB Nagaraj would be expelled from the party if they failed to withdraw their names till evening.
The son of BJP MP BN Bache Gowda was recently appointed as the Chairman of Karnataka Housing Board. However, Sharath Bachegowda announced his decision to contest as an independent candidate from Hoskote constituency in the upcoming by-polls on Nov 14, whereas MTB Nagaraj, who resigned as Congress MLA on July 10, filed his affidavit on Friday.
Stating that he will campaign for all the 15 party candidates, who have been fielded for the by-elections, Mr Yediyurappa expressed confidence that Party candidates would win all the seats.
Strongly defending his statement on inducting all the disqualified MLAs to his cabinet after the by-elections, the Karnataka Chief Minister ridiculed the Congress leaders' decision to petition the Election Commission of India on the issue. "I am still committed to my promise to induct the disqualified MLAs into the cabinet as BJP came to power only because of their sacrifice," he added.
Meanwhile, several disgruntled BJP leaders, who are not happy for accommodating the disqualified MLAs to contest the by-elections, have threatened to desert the party and contest the poll as rebels. Party is facing the heat of rebel’s threat in Hirekerur, Vijayanagara, Mahalakshmi Layout, Yeshvanthapura, Kagawada and Athani Assembly seats, and the BJP leades, are trying to pacify the rebels from filing nominations, which ends on Monday.
By-elections are being held for as many as 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka, following the vacancies created due to disqualification of the Congress and the JD(S) MLAs from the Assembly in July last. (UNI)