Bengaluru: Afraid of being overlooked altogether by the Yediyurappa government, a few of the disqualified Congress and JD(S) MLAs, have demanded the posts of chairmen of various boards and corporations, but have been advised patience by BJP leaders, who fear this could lead to legal complications, according to party sources.
The former legislators appear to be running out of patience as the BJP government in the state has gone ahead with its Cabinet formation and their disqualification case before the Supreme Court is no closer to being heard.
With the bench headed by the Chief Justice of India busy with the Ram Janmabhoomi case, several petitions, including those of the disqualified legislators are pending disposal, leaving them worried about their future, say sources. Without a decision on their petitions, they can neither join the state ministry nor decide on fielding their relatives or friends in the by-elections to all the 17 assembly seats that fell vacant following their resignation, sources point out. But allaying the fears of the disqualified MLAs, minister K S Eshwarappa notes that only 17 Cabinet berths have been filled and claims the rest are reserved for them as the BJP could not have formed the government in the state without their help.
Meanwhile, the disqualified legislators left for New Delhi on Thursday to meet their advocates and urge them to fast track their case in the Supreme Court and also to meet BJP president Amit Shah to discuss the matter, They were accompanied by former BJP minister, C P Yogeshwar and minister Ashwathnarayan is also believed to be in constant touch with them to make sure they don't prov a thorn in the side of the newly installed Yediyurappa government....