Three legislators are now supporting the Janata Dal (S)
MLAs joined JD (S) just before bypoll JD (U) to initiate action after receipt of reply
BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (U) on Thursday issued show-cause notices to three of its MLAs for identifying themselves with the Janata Dal (S).
In the notices, the party has asked the legislators to explain within a week why action should not be initiated against them for violating the norms by associating themselves with another political party.
Disclosing this at a press conference in Bangalore on Thursday, president of the State unit of the party B. Somashekar said notices had been issued to MLAs Nagamani Nage Gowda, H. Anjaneya and Bheemappa Sarikar.
These legislators associated themselves with the JD (S) just before the byelection to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency. Mr. Somashekar said the party would initiate "suitable action" against the legislators depending on their reply.
Pointing out that one of the MLAs had allegedly been granted a site by the Bangalore Development Authority under the discretionary quota soon after switching parties, Mr. Somashekar suspected that the change in loyalties of these legislators might be for some personal benefits. He also demanded that norms should be evolved for allocating sites under the discretionary quota to ensure that such a quota was not misused.
Expressing concern over the acquittal of all the 32 accused in the Kambalapalli incident in which eight Dalits were burnt alive six years ago, Mr. Somashekar blamed poor investigation by the then Congress government for the acquittal. He alleged that atrocities against Dalits had increased in States ruled by the Congress. Despite this, several Dalit leaders were joining the Congress for personal gains, he remarked. Asked if he was referring to the former Union Minister V. Srinivas Prasad, who recently joined the Congress, Mr. Somashekar only said that he was referring to Dalit leaders in general.
He urged the State Government to set up a special court as per the direction of the Supreme Court for the speedy trial of atrocity cases against Dalits.