The current strength of the 225-member assembly is 208 after disqualifying the 17 rebel MLAs of Congress and JDS. The BJP currently has 105 MLAs. It also has an Independent. The Congress has 66 MLAs and JDS 34 MLAs. Apart from this, the BSP has one, one nominated and one Assembly Speaker. After the elections on 15 seats, the capacity of the assembly will be 223. In such a situation, the BJP would need the support of 111 MLAs for a majority. The Assembly Speaker can vote if the number of ruling and opposition are equal. However, two seats Muskie and RR Nagar are not being held.
The BJP has contested 13 of the disqualified MLAs on the party ticket to win the by-election. 37.78 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in 15 assembly seats between 7 am and 6 pm on Thursday. During the election campaign, BJP asked voters to vote for stability while Congress and JDS appealed to vote to punish the rebel MLAs responsible for the fall of the government. The BJP and Congress have fielded candidates for all 15 seats, while the JDS has won 12 seats. Meanwhile, Congress and JDS have indicated that in the event of BJP not getting enough seats after the by-election, the two parties can once again form a government.
Income tax raid of Congress candidate’s house
A joint team of the Income Tax Department and the Excise Department raided the house of a Congress candidate late on Tuesday, just before the assembly by-elections in Karnataka. Officials said that a raid was conducted at the house of former Speaker of Legislative Assembly KB Koliwad following a complaint about cash and liquor hoarding.
Congress workers protested and raised slogans against the government over this action of the Income Tax and Excise Department. Koliwad is contesting the by-election on the Congress ticket from the Ranibennur assembly seat. According to Haveri income tax chief Nagashian, “We raided after receiving complaints of liquor and hoarding of Rs 10 crore.” However, we did not get anything from the Congress candidate’s house. ‘
On the raid, Koliwad said, “The officers had come to our house, but they could not find anything and returned empty-handed.” The BJP has been doing revenge politics ever since it came to power.
Appeal to defeat disqualified MLAs
Former Prime Minister and JDS chief HD Deve Gowda has appealed to the public to defeat the disqualified MLAs in the by-election. Deve Gowda tweeted, “The nation will be watching the by-election. The time has come when the people of Karnataka defeat the inept MLAs and uphold the dignity of the state. ‘