Dissident MLA dares BJP to expel him

Belur Gopalakrishna

“Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and BJP State unit president K S Eshwarappa disqualified the legislators who raised a banner of revolt against the government’s maladministration.

But the party leadership lacks the courage to expel the MLAs who were disqualified on frivolous grounds,” he told a press conference in the city on Wednesday.

Gopalakrishna, who visited the city for the first time after facing disqualification, said all the 17 disqualified legislators would work for the victory of non-BJP candidates in the zilla and taluk panchayat election. However, he did not say which candidate or party he would support.

“As the issue of disqualification is before the Supreme Court, it is not right to speak on the candidates or the party I back,” he said.

Hinting that he would openly campaign for the defeat of the BJP candidates, he admitted he had consulted Congress leader Kagodu Thimmappa on the recent political developments.

But he declined to answer queries whether he would join the Congress. “Technically, I am with the BJP and waiting for the Supreme Court verdict. I am hopeful it will be in favour of the 17 MLAs,” he added.

Regarding his future course of action in case the disqualification is quashed by the court, he merely said, “You have to wait and see.”

Speculations are rife that Gopalakrishna would field some of his supporters for the local body election and enter into a secret pact with the Congress.

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