BJP hails, Congress downplays Karnataka verdict

October 29th, 2010 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday hailed the ruling of the Karnataka High Court upholding the disqualification of 11 rebel party legislators while the Congress played down the verdict, saying lawyers will form their opinion on it.

BJP spokesman Tarun Vijay said the high court decision proved that Speaker K.G. Bopaiah’s Oct 11 decision to disqualify the 11 rebel members from the assembly was correct.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said the BJP had sought to convert its minority government in Karnataka into a majority government. “Lawyers will definitely form their opinion on the verdict,” he said.

Congress leaders said the verdict was likely to be challenged in the Supreme Court but it was for the legislators concerned, not for the party to make any such move.

The Karnataka High Court Friday upheld the disqualification of 11 rebel lawmakers of the ruling BJP from the state assembly.

In a 127-page judgment, Justice V.G. Sabhahit upheld the speaker’s decision to disqualify the members from the assembly after they told Governor H.R. Bhardwaj Oct 6 they had lost confidence in Chief Minister Yeddyurappa.

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