Special Correspondent

They rebelled against the party and supported Siddaramaiah

The former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, B.R. Patil, is among them

Earlier, they were advised by Mr. Siddaramaiah not to take a hasty decision

GULBARGA: The stage is set for dissolution of the Legislative Assembly with Parliament on Monday adopting a resolution for imposition of President’s Rule in the State.

And, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil’s assertions that the Legislative Assembly will be dissolved at the earliest have come as a breather for the nine Janata Dal (S) MLAs who rebelled against the party leadership and openly supported the expelled former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah.

The decks have been cleared for them to follow their leader and join the Congress now without the fear of losing their membership in the Assembly. The former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, B.R. Patil, who is one of the nine MLAs who were suspended from the party by the Janata Dal (S) for supporting Mr. Siddaramaiah, told presspersons that he would be joining the Congress soon. The others would follow suit, he added.

The suspended Janata Dal (S) MLAs were asked by Mr. Siddaramaiah not to take any hasty decision of joining the Congress then as it would have resulted in these MLAs losing their membership in the Assembly as per the provisions of the anti-defection law.

Now that the Assembly is all set to be officially dissolved with Parliament giving its nod to the motion in this regard, Mr. Siddaramaiah’s supporters are free to choose their future course.

There were also indications that other political parties such as the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were trying to wean away some of the Janata Dal (S) leaders, including MLAs, who were dissatisfied with their leadership.

Mr. Patil said that he received a call from the Samajwadi Party State president S. Bangarappa.

Although Mr. Bangarappa had not invited Mr. Patil to join the Samajwadi Party, he had asked him to meet him in New Delhi.

“I had agreed to meet him but due to work in Gulbarga district I had to cancel the trip,” he said.

Mr. Patil told a questioner that he had not received any invitation for the meeting convened by Mr. Prakash and said he did not propose to attend it even if he is invited.