Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Janata Dal (S) leader N. Thippanna, who quit the Legislative Council, is likely to be supported by the BJP in the bypolls to the Upper House of the State legislature. Another Janata Dal (S) leader B.R. Gurudev, who also quit the Legislative Council, is expected to get a political post, highly placed sources in the BJP said.

A senior BJP functionary told The Hindu that the party wanted to send a “strong message” to the Janata Dal (S), which is in the forefront of agitations against the Government through such a move.

He was of the view that it was tough for the BJP to handle the Janata Dal (S) if it became the principal Opposition in the Upper House. The BJP is also trying to send out a political message that it helped a Dalit woman, Motamma, of the Congress to retain her post of leader of the Opposition as she would have lost her post if the two Janata Dal (S) MLCs had not quit.

By making two Janata Dal (S) MLCs to quit, the BJP seems to have divided the Opposition in the Upper House.

Of course, the resignation of the two Janata Dal (S) MLCs has provided direct benefits to the BJP, as it would get majority in the Upper House soon after the nomination of three members. This would also help the party to get the post of Chairman of the House.

“We have nothing to lose,” said a BJP leader, while referring to the pros and cons of making the two Janata Dal (S) MLCs quit.

Meanwhile, sources said that appointments to boards and corporations would be made only after the BBMP Council elections, while any reshuffle in the Ministry would have to wait till the presentation of the State budget.