BENGALURU: The Congress Legislature Party on Friday decided to initiate action against four party rebel MLAs under the Anti-Defection Law.
“I would meet the Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar and request him to take action against Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumathali and B Nagendra”, former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said after the CLP meeting.
"It is the unanimous decision of the CLP. I should go ahead with further action against them under the Anti-Defection Law," he added.
“Two MLAs Roshan Baig and BC Patil, who also did not participate, had taken prior permission”, he said.
Another MLA J N Ganesh is declared absconding after an alleged brawl with a lawmaker colleague at a resort recently.
Siddaramaiah said the four MLAs had sent letters to him, saying they could not attend the entire budget session of the assembly.
On February 6, Siddaramaiah had issued a notice to Ramesh Jarakiholi, Mahesh Kamatihalli, B Nagendra and Umesh Jadhav, seeking an explanation from them for their absence at the Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting, which held in Bengaluru on January 18.
Even before that, on January 20, he had issued show-cause notices to the same MLAs.
Siddaramaiah has said enough time was given to the four rebel MLAs after the January 18 CLP meet.
The meeting was convened by the party to assess whether its flock was intact amid speculation that some of the party MLAs had switched over to the BJP.
According to the report, four of them are in touch with the BJP leadership.
“The BJP was offering more than Rs 30 crore to some of our MLAs. I got the evidence to reveal. But it will release at an appropriate time”, Siddaramaiah had said on Thursday.
In the 224-member Assembly, JDS has 37 MLAs and the Congress 80. The Congress-JDS alliance has the support of some Independents in the House where the majority figure is 113 stay in power.