Karnataka Chief Minister (CM) BS Yediyurappa said on Monday (30 September) that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would give tickets to all the disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs if they choose to contest the by-poll elections, reports The Indian Express.
“Bye-elections are coming up, dates have been announced for 15 seats, Amit Shah has said that those who have resigned and want to contest from BJP, all of them will be given seats, it is our responsibility,” Yediyurappa said.
The announcement by Yediyurappa comes despite resistance from some quarters of the party which have pressed for the tickets to be awarded to the loyal party cadres who have built the party in the state.
The rebel MLAs had ensured that the Congress-JD(S) alliance government led by former CM HD Kumaraswamy would lose the confidence motion in the state assembly. Upon the development, the MLAs were disqualified from their membership to the assembly by the then Speaker of the house.
The Election Commission (EC) has now scheduled the elections for 15 of presently 17 vacant seats on 5 December, for which the results will be declared on 9 December.
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