Four expelled BJP MPs may get Congress tickets

July 23rd, 2008 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday indicated it may offer to four of the eight MPs the Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) expelled tickets to contest the next Lok Sabha elections. “We will give tickets to Somabhai Patel, K. Manjunath and H.T. Sangliana and Manorama Madhwaraj, who were expelled from BJP for cross-voting or abstaining during Tuesday’s trust vote,” a party functionary said on condition of anonymity.

Patel (Surendranagar), Sangliana (Bangalore North) and Manjunath (Dharwad South) defied the party whip and voted in favour of the trust motion while Madhwaraj (Udupi) was absent during the voting.

The Congress would also consider giving ticket to Telugu Desham Party (TDP) MP M. Shivanna, who voted in support of the government, the party functionary said.

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