Rebel MLAs to return only after Yeddyurappa’s sworn in

The rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs camping in Mumbai will leave for Bengaluru only after BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa is sworn in as chief minister of the southern state.

According to BJP sources, the rebels, who have been staying at a luxury hotel since early this month are “very happy” after the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government led by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote.

“They (rebel MLAs) got what they wanted,” A BJP leader said, referring to the Kumaraswamy-led government losing the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday evening. The MLAs will leave Mumbai after BS Yeddyurappa would sworn in as chief minister, he said.

The rebels had earlier denied any BJP role in their resignations and withdrawal of support to the government. Ahead of the crucial floor test that decided the fate of the HD Kumaraswamy-led government, BS Yeddyurappa had alleged the ruling coalition was unnecessarily buying time despite knowing that whip issued to the ruling coalition MLAs was of no use.

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