After the shocking disqualification of 14 rebel MLAs in Karnataka, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has speculated on Sunday, that similar to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments will follow soon.
"I feel that the way few Congress MLAs resigned and made the Karnataka government fall letting to the formation of a BJP government in the state, similarly in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh very soon the same shall occur. There too the government will change soon from Congress to BJP," he said.
Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law till the end of the assembly term in 2023, a day ahead of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa seeking the trust vote in the assembly to prove his majority.
The 11 Congress MLAs and 3 JD(S) lawmakers were disqualified two days after BJP Karnataka chief B S Yediyurappa took the oath as chief minister after the collapse of the Congress-JDS coalition government. This disqualification of the errant MLAs with immediate effect, their absence would reduce the effective strength of the House, making it a smooth affair for the BJP.
On Saturday, barely four days after losing power, a few JD(S) legislators have impressed upon H D Kumaraswamy to extend external support to the BJP government in Karnataka, while some have preferred to remain in the Opposition.
On Friday, BJP Karnataka chief BS Yediyurappa (earlier spelled as Yeddyurappa) took oath as the new Chief Minister of the state, days after the Congress-JD(S) government fell and resignation by Kumarswamy after losing a trust vote by garnering just 99 votes, to BJP's 105. He is scheduled to prove the majority of his government on Monday.
Here are the current reduced Karnataka Assembly numbers: