Staff Correspondent

Udupi: Members of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a protest near the Service Bus Stand here on Thursday demanding the resignation of Manorama Madhwaraj, MP,who has been expelled from the BJP, for “having betrayed the party and abstained from voting in the trust vote” moved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Lok Sabha on July 22. Chairman of Third Finance Commission A.G. Kodgi, president of Udupi City Municipal Council Dinakar Shetty, BJP leaders K. Shankar Poojary, Udaykumar Shetty, G.P. Nayak, and others were present.

In a press release issued here, the BJP asked Ms. Madhwaraj to resign as MP within July 26, failing which the party workers would stage a dharna in front of her house.