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BENGALURU : K.R.Ramesh Kumar, the speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly on Monday accepted the resignation of Umesh Jadhav, the rebel Congress leader from Chincholi constituency, paving the way for him to contest the upcoming parliamentary polls.

The Congress had moved a petition under the stringent anti-defection law seeking Jadhav’s disqualification.

The speaker, in his order, said that he was convinced that Jadhav’s resignation was voluntary and not under the influence of better prospects in any other party.

Jadhav was one of the four rebel legislators of the Congress who were suspected for switching to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), threatening the stability of H.D.Kumaraswamy-led coalition government. Jadhav resigned from the Congress on 4 March and almost immediately joined the BJP and has been named as its candidate from Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) to take on Congress heavyweight Mallikarjun Kharge.

The order, that has let off Jadhav, could prompt the three other leaders--Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli and B.Nagendra--to rethink their association with the Congress as they are yet to fully return to the party-fold.

The coalition government had alleged that the BJP was trying to lure Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) and Congress legislators with money and promises of ministerial berths to defect and help the former form the government.

Audio tapes of conversations purportedly between senior BJP leaders and coalition legislators were made public by both parties to drive home the point that the former was trying to destabilise the government.

Jadhav’s resignation brought down the total of the lower house to 223 seats and the JD(S)-Congress tally to 116 (excluding the speaker). The BJP has been trying to capitalise on the uneasy relations between the coalition partners who have shared a tempestuous past and is currently affecting its Lok Sabha prospects in the state.

Workers of both parties have been refusing to overcome differences and campaign together in several constituencies and potentially hand over any advantage to the BJP.

The BJP has stated that the results of the parliamentary elections would bring down the coalition government in Karnataka on its own as it would widen the divide between the alliance partners Results for the parliamentary polls is scheduled to be announced on 23 May.

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