With by-polls, a likely slippery slope, BJP considers mid-term elections in Karnataka
17 disqualified legislators face a formidable challenge to win most of the vacated assembly seats, a house divided over whether to face state BJP by-elections or call for fresh assembly.
After the rebel MLAs are disqualified by the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, by-polls are imminent. The rules mandates polls within six months of seat falling vacant.
BJP hopes at least five opposition legislators to join to the saffron party, it means that the number of by-polls will only increase. Due to that, some leaders are arguing in favour of mid-term elections.
Tourism minister CT Ravi said “Securing a clear majority in fresh polls is always better. “We cannot provide stable and effective governance if we have to be obligated to someone else for the required numbers in the house. But, BS Yediyurappa’s tenure as CM is not negotiable for now.”
Senior BJP MLC said, “With party hoppers who have a long list of demands likely to join the government, governance becomes untenable.”
“If the court sets aside our disqualification, then we can become ministers immediately. Facing bypolls with a minister tag is always advantageous, otherwise fresh polls are better,” MLA said.
Congress MLA BC Patil said “The hard fact is that we have to face elections even if our disqualification is set aside. So, it does not matter whether it is by-polls or mid-term polls.”
However, Union minister Prahlad Joshi also said “Legislators need not be worried as the party is not thinking of snap polls. Personally, I don’t think mid-term elections are necessary.”