HC outcome not to affect Karnataka govt: BJP

"Natural justice in the case of Karnataka has been upheld. The government and the party are satisfied and there will be no ill-impact (of the verdict) on the government. We are confident that natural justice will be upheld on October 20 (when the final judgement is announced)," BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

The two-member bench of the high court was split on the disqualification of 11 BJP MLAs by the Speaker, while the matter of disqualification of 5 Independent MLAs was referred to another bench.

Vijay insisted that the status quo as it exists today would continue in Karnataka and there was no danger to the B S Yeddyurappa government in the state.

Yeddyurappa had proved majority in the Assembly on October 13 with 106 MLAs voting in favour and 100 against in a House with an effective strength of 208. This was the second Trust Vote for the government as doubts were raised about the first held on October 11, which was held amid commotion and in the presence of police personnel.

BJP leaders are confident that the 11 rebel party MLAs will be disqualified under the Anti-Defection law and it has sufficient number to survive even if the Independent MLAs are allowed to vote.

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