Mayawati sacks lone MLA N Mahesh for not showing up in assembly during Karanaka trust vote


BSP Supremo Mayawati on Tuesday announced that she had sacked her lone MLA N Mahesh for defying the diktat of her party’s High Command for the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly.

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Mayawati took to Twitter announce her decision, “BSP MLA N Mahesh abstained from today’s trust vote by violating the party High Command order to vote in favour of the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka. This amounts to indiscipline and the party has taken the matter extremely seriously. Therefore, N Mahesh has been expelled from the party with immediate effect.”

Mahesh had earlier announced that he will abstain from the trust vote since, according to him, the BSP leadership had asked him to do so. However, Mayawati had later tweeted instructing Mahesh to vote in favour of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

Kumaraswamy could only secure the support of 99 MLAs while the BJP received the support of 105 legislators.

On Tuesday, weeks after 13 Congress and three JDS MLAs quit their parties, the ruling Congress-JDS lost the confidence in the assembly. The ruling party could win the support of only 99 MLAs, while the BJP received the support of 105 legislators.

The rebel MLAs left Bengaluru and shifted their base to Mumbai, where they’ve been camping since then. Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar travelled to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs, but he was prevented from meeting them by the Mumbai Police.

The matter had also reached the Supreme Court but the top court had refused to direct the Karnataka Speaker to accept the resignations of the rebel MLAs in a timebound manner.

The Congress had accused the BJP of engineering a split in the ruling alliance by alluring their MLAs. The party reminded how all the rebel MLAs were transported in a chartered flight owned by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.


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