New Delhi, Sep 22: A day after the Election Commission announced bypolls in 15 seats, which has put the disqualified MLAs in disarray as they cannot contest the elections, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa met Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah in the national capital, on Sunday.
Mr Yediyurappa said the meeting was to seek flood relief fund for Karnataka. The state has requested a grant of Rs 2000 from the Centre.
However, according to party sources, the meeting was significant as the announcement of bypolls in 15 seats out of 17 is crucial for Yediyurappa government.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is taking up the petitions filed by 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who were disqualified by the Speaker before the trust vote in Karnataka Assembly, in which JD(S)-Congress government lost power.
If the Supreme Court would not stay the disqualification order, the MLAs cannot contest the polls, which will jeopardise their political career.
The BJP has 104 MLAs and support of an independent candidate. The election announcement in 15 seats will change the arithmetic as the simple majority mark will increase to 111.
According to political observers, the BJP has to win at least six seats in the bypoll for the Yediyurappa government in Karnataka to be stable.
Moreover, reports say that rehabilitation works in the flood-hit areas are also important that would help the BJP perform well in the bypoll for which Mr Yediyurappa met the Home Minister as soon as the poll dates were announced. (UNI)