Karnataka: 2 JD(S) MLAs expelled for cross voting in RS polls

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K. Srinivas Gowda, MLA from Kolar, gave his first preferential vote to Congress candidate Mansoor Ali Khan and second preferential vote to BJP candidate Leher Singh…reports Asian Lite News

The Janata Dal (Secular), a regional party of Karnataka, has expelled two of its MLAs who violated the party whip and cast vote for the ruling BJP and opposition Congress candidates in the recently held Rajya Sabha elections.

The decision was taken in the core committee meeting of the party headed by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, his son former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy and party President C.M. Ibrahim.

The expelled JD(S) MLAs are — K. Srinivas Gowda, a lawmaker from Kolar constituency and S.R. Srinivas, an MLA from Gubbi constituency. They have been expelled from the primary membership of the party. The core committee president Bandeppa Kashempur made this announcement here on Wednesday.

The meeting has also decided to make an appeal to Speaker Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri to terminate the expelled MLAs’ membership from the state legislature.

A written complaint will be given in this regard to the Speaker in two days, Bandeppa Kashempur said. JD(S) had put up Kupendra Reddy as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha election but he lost.

The party had issued a whip for its MLAs to give their first preference vote to Kupendra Reddy. However, MLA S.R. Srinivas gave his first priority vote to BJP candidate Leher Singh and second preferential vote to Congress candidate Mansoor Ali Khan.

K. Srinivas Gowda, MLA from Kolar, gave his first preferential vote to Congress candidate Mansoor Ali Khan and second preferential vote to BJP candidate Leher Singh.

The report in this regard was given by H.D. Revanna, another son of H.D. Deve Gowda and former minister of JD(S).

MLA slammed for slapping

A JD(S) MLA in Karnataka slapped a college principal who was not able to provide clear answer about the ongoing development work for a computer lab.

The incident, which happened on Monday, has created a huge outrage among the public.

M. Srinivas, MLA from Mandya, repeatedly slapped the Principal of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar ITI College in full public view. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. People have slammed Srinivas for treating the principal with no respect.

According to eyewitnesses, Srinivas got infuriated as the Principal Naganad could not give information on the work in laboratory during the inauguration of the renovated ITI College.

The JD(S) MLA scolded him, made awkward face and slapped him twice in front of his colleagues and local politicians including a woman.

The video shows the principal in shock and awe while public is trying to placate the MLA.

Shambhu Gowda, the President of the Government Employees Association Mandya District, on Tuesday said that the matter will be brought to the notice of the District Commissioner.

Gowda called emergency meeting of the association and took details of the assault on the Principal. He also met the Principal Naganand and took details of the incident and assured him of full support.

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