Bengaluru: The disqualified Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators, who are having a hard time getting their case listed in the Supreme Court for hearing, met in the city on Friday to chalk out their future course of action. Barring three who are in Delhi, the others met at the home of former Chikkaballapura MLA, Dr K. Sudhakar.
Besides discussing their legal troubles at the meeting, the disqualified legislators also spoke about the changed attitude of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national leaders, who they claimed didn't seem to care about them as much as before.
“Before the Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in the state, we received full attention and appointments quickly with the national leaders. But now, we are finding it hard to get an appointment with them,” said one of the former legislators following the meeting.
Clearly getting restive as their fate still remains uncertain even a month after their resignations, the disqualified legislators are now considering hiring more lawyers to hurry up their hearing before the Supreme Court.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle after the meeting, Dr Sudhakar said although one- and- a- half- months had passed since their disqualification, their case had still not come up in court.
“It was listed but deleted. So we discussed whether to engage one lawyer or multiple lawyers. The majority view was that we should hire a couple more lawyers,” he revealed.
Another of the former legislators, M.T.B. Nagaraj contended that former Speaker, K.R. Ramesh Kumar's decision to disqualify them was un-Constitutional. Asked about the complaint of the disqualified legislators that they were being ignored by the Bharatiya Janata Party, a minister in the Yediyurappa government claimed that they were treated with utmost respect and the ministers made sure that all their work was done.