No tickets for cross-voters: BJP

Party wont take immediate action against legislators who violated whip

No tickets for cross-voters: BJP

The core committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party is said to have decided against providing party tickets for the next Assembly elections to 12 legislators who allegedly cross-voted during the recent polls to the Legislative Council.

The BJP is apprehensive of an open revolt by these legislators in case their names are made public and hence there will be no immediate action against them.

The government will be reduced to a minority if these 12 legislators, who violated the party whip during the Council poll, decide to quit BJP.

The meeting, attended by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, BJP State president K S Eshwarappa, party national general secretary Ananth Kumar, minister Jagadish Shettar among others, while taking a serious view of cross-voting, decided to maintain status quo for the present and deny them party tickets in the Assembly polls.

While a secret ballot was followed for the Council polls, the party has zeroed on the 12 MLAs based on the allotment of the first and second preferential votes, the pattern of voting and feedback by legislators, sources said.

The core committee also discussed the results of the polls to teachers’ and graduates’ constituencies. While the BJP retained five of the six constituencies, which went to the polls, the margin of victory has been reduced drastically compared to the previous elections.

All the five candidates in the polls held in 2006 had won comfortably during the first round, while the second preferential votes had to be taken into account during the recent election.

Earlier in the day, addressing a press conference, Eshwarappa said the victory in the five teachers’ and graduates’ constituencies has come as a morale-booster for the party.

“Despite some confusion and differences in the party, the people of the State have reposed confidence in us.

This development has made us to resolve to set our differences aside and work towards development,” Eshwarappa said adding that the polls results have provided the party a platform to face the Assembly elections on a positive note.

He said the war of words between the Congress leaders on the basis of caste was vitiating social harmony in the State.

He referred to the statements made by some Lingayat leaders demanding the post of the party president for the community leaders and also by KPCC president G Parameshwara in support of dalits.

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