4 JDS rebels resign from party, set to join Congress

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BENGALURU: Ahead of assembly polls, the JD(S) today suffered a setback when four of its rebel MLAs resigned from the Karnataka Assembly, a day after cross voting in favour of Congress’ Rajya Sabha candidates.
B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan, R Akhanda Srinivasamurthy, N Chaluvaraya Swamy and Bheema Naik submitted their resignations to Assembly Speaker K B Koliwad at his residence here. The MLAs are likely to join Congress in a day or two, said sources close to them.
The four MLAs were among the seven who rebelledagainst their party and been vocal against the party leadership, especially H D Kumaraswamy, JDS state unit chief and son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda. Koliwad told reporters he had accepted the resignations because they were in order.