Will initiate action against 4 rebel MLAs: Congress leader Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah today said the party has decided to initiate action against its four party rebel MLAs under the Anti-Defection Law.

Briefing the reporters after the CLP meet, Siddaramaiah said he would urge Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar to initiate action against four rebel MLAs – Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumathali and B Nagendra, BM reports.

Except these four and another MLA J N Ganesh, all other lawmakers have attended the CLP meet while two MLAs Roshan Baig and B C Patil did not make it to the meeting but have taken prior permission from the party.

MLA Ganesh is declared as absconding after he got into a tiff with a colleague lawmaker at a resort recently.

Siddaramaiah briefed the reporters that the said four MLAs have sent letters to him, saying they could not attend the entire budget session of the assembly.

“It is the unanimous decision of the CLP that I should go ahead with further action against them under the Anti-Defection Law,” Siddaramaiah said adding that the sufficient opportunity was given to the four rebel MLAs after the January 18 CLP meet.