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BJP to field 13 disqualified MLAs in crucial December 5 bypolls

The party sources say that the central leadership and the RSS is not keen to field R Roshan Baig and R Shankar due to various factors. The reason behind the BJP preventing Baig from joining the party is said to be his alleged role in the multi cro...

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Nov 14, 2019, 04.11 PM IST
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Fifteen of the 17 seats that fell vacant following disqualification of Congress, JD(S) and an independent candidate will go for election next month.
BENGALURU: A day after the Supreme Court allowed all disqualified MLAs from Karnataka to contest the December 5 bypolls, the BJP has announced the candidature of 13 of them. The announcement has come as a relief to disqualified lawmakers who were anxious about getting ticket from the BJP.

Fifteen of the 17 seats that fell vacant following disqualification of Congress, JD(S) and an independent candidate will go for election next month. The Election Commission has not notified election to two constituencies (RR Nagar and Maski) due to separate court cases.

On Thursday morning, all disqualified legislators except Shivaji Nagar MLA R Roshan Baig formally joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, in Bengaluru. Within hours of their welcome ceremony, the party announced their names for the bye-election. While the BJP has given tickets to most of the disqualified legislators who jumped ship, the party has not decided candidates to Shivaji Nagar and Ranebennur, causing jitters to former Congress MLA Baig and independent MLA R Shankar.

The party sources say that the central leadership and the RSS is not keen to field Baig and Shankar due to various factors. The reason behind the BJP preventing Baig from joining the party is said to be his alleged role in the multi crore IMA financial scam and his name linked to the death of RSS workers in Bengaluru. In the case of independent MLA Shankar, the party is said to be unhappy with the kind of backlash he is receiving in his constituency.

Soon after the disqualified MLAs were inducted into the party, CM Yediyurappa assured them of victory in the bypolls. “You have sacrificed a lot for us and I will assure that all of you will win the election. My party leaders and workers will support you,” he said.

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