With four Karnataka Janata Paksha MLAs, including the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, joining the BJP, Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa on Tuesday said that he will make a statement in the House on the status of the main Opposition party after studying all issues concerned.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Thimmappa said that the four KJP MLAs had joined the BJP and the BJP too had accepted their entry.

“After studying all issues concerned, I will announce my decision on the status of the main Opposition party in the House after the Governor’s address on Wednesday,” the Speaker said.

Both the BJP and the Janata Dal(S) have 40 seats each. In the last Assembly elections, the vote percentage of the Janata Dal(S) was more than the BJP’s and thus the Janata Dal(S) became the principal Opposition party.

The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy is the Leader of the Opposition now.

About the status of two KJP MLAs B.R. Patil and Guru Patil, Mr. Thimmappa said that they would continue to remain in the KJP.

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