The BJP has fielded 13 disqualified legislators as its candidates for the December 5 Karnataka assembly byelections, hours after the rebels joined the party.
Sources said after the Supreme Court verdict allowing disqualified legislators to contest the bypolls, Baig was planning to join BJP along with other leaders.
The BJP is yet to announce its candidates for the remaining two assembly seats where bypolls will be held in December.
BJP, which aims to win a majority of the 15 constituencies where bypolls will be held is likely to field most of the defectors as the party candidates.
Sources said the top Congress leadership is keen to avenge itself against Jarkiholi for leading the team of rebels that toppled the coalition government.
Affirming the findings of the apex court on disqualification, they said that the Assembly Speaker did cross his jurisdiction in barring disqualified MLAs from contesting polls.
The apex court upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs on orders of the then Speaker but paved the way for them to contest bypolls.
CLP leader Siddaramaiah said the verdict was a lesson to defectors to whom people would teach a lesson in the December 5 bypolls.
SC struck down the portion of the order of then-Speaker by which the legislators were disqualified till the end of the 15th Karnataka Assembly in 2023.
Welcoming the order, the CM Yediyurappa said they will start the work in all 15 constituencies from November 14 and are confident of winning all the seats.
With political activity in all three parties dampening, there is also a certain caginess on naming candidates, with all leaders focused on the Supreme Court order.
Jarkiholi said in Belagavi that Deputy Chief Minister Savadi, who had been packed off by the voters in the last election, was not aware of the sanctity of the post he held.
We are in a tricky situation. Neither can we take the rebels nor can we will say no to them. Only the apex court order will give us some clarity,’’ BJP sources said.
Laxman Savadi said that BJP was not linked to the ongoing dispute between the MLAs and the Congress party over their disqualification.
Kumaraswamy had resigned after losing a trust vote, which paved the way for the BJP-led government in the state under BS Yediyurappa.