Karnataka: Four disgruntled Congress MLAs surface

Bengaluru: Four disgruntled Congress MLAs, who had gone missing for several weeks amid political turmoil in Karnataka, surfaced here on Wednesday two days after the party recommended their disqualification to the state assembly Speaker.

The lawmakers had kept the party on tenterhooks for several weeks, defying its whip twice to attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meetings on January 18 and February 8 and had been skipping the ongoing assembly Budget Session since February 6.

Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, B Nagendra and Mahesh Kumathali, who were reported to be in touch with the BJP,which has been accused of trying to poach the MLAs to bring down the JDS-Congress government, also attended the assembly session Wednesday, giving some relief to the ruling coalition.

Meanwhile, as the audio clip over BJP’s alleged toppling game raised the political temperature in the state, party MLA Preetam Gowda’s house was attacked allegedly by JDS workers at Hassan on Wednesday, police said.

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