Hailing the Karnataka High Court verdict upholding the disqualification of 11 BJP rebel MLAs, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday described it as “epoch making” and a major step towards eradicating the menace of defection in the country.

“This order has come as a warning bell to those who indulge in defection. I hope this will herald a new era in bringing an end to defections in the country,” Mr. Yeddyurappa told PTI.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, overwhelmed by Justice V.G. Sabhahit’s ruling upholding disqualification of the rebel MLAs for withdrawing support to his government, said, “This has enhanced my responsibilities now. Now I have to give a further fillip to development activities”.

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