BJP Seeks Principal Opposition Party Status - The New Indian Express

BJP Seeks Principal Opposition Party Status

Published: 05th January 2014 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 05th January 2014 07:59 AM

The BJP has formally written a letter to Legislative Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa seeking the Principal Opposition Party status for it.

A delegation of BJP leaders, led by its Floor Leader Jagadish Shettar, met the Speaker and staked its claim for Principal Opposition Party status as its number in the Assembly has gone up to 44, four more than the incumbent Opposition Party JD (S). Former chief minister and State KJP President B S Yeddyurappa had already decided to join BJP with his legislators. However, two legislators --- B R Patil from Aland in Gulbarga district and Guru Patil from Shahapur in Yadgir district --- have refused to join the BJP. Shettar told reporters, “The Speaker has promised to take a decision after consulting Law Department.”

To a question on who would be the new Opposition Party Leader, Shettar  automatically become Leader of the Opposition Party in the Assembly. Shettar was accompanied by MLAs S Suresh Kumar, Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, B N Vijaykumar and others.

Meanwhile, Padmanabha Prasanna, Founder President of the KJP, met the Speaker and filed an objection about the merger of the KJP with the BJP. He told reporters that a case pertaining to the issue of the party’s State president’s post was pending before a court. Till the court gives its verdict, the Speaker should not give permission for the KJP-BJP merger. He also hinted at moving Supreme Court in the next couple of days seeking a stay on the merger.

The Speaker said there would be no problem if two-third’s of the KJP members joined the BJP. Shettar refused to comment when asked about Prasanna’s objection. “The Speaker would take an appropriate decision in this matter,” he said.

According to party sources, Yeddyurappa and his supporters are likely to seek fresh membership of the BJP on January 9.

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