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HC divisional bench passes interim order, rules against MLC Vishwanath’s ministerial chances

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Bengaluru: In a major setback to MLC A H Vishwanath, the divisional bench of High Court has ruled against the former becoming a minister.

The court, in its interim order has found Vishwanath ineligible to become a minister according to Articles 164 (1B) and 364 B of the Constitution.

However, there is no hurdle for two other MLCs R Shankar and M T B Nagaraj to be the ministers, as they were reelected as per the norms of the Constitution.

The court has however refused to issue any specific directions to the Governor. But it has underlined that any new minister should be appointed as per the provisions of the Constitution.

Vishwanath who was nominated to the Legislative Council under the quota of writers was anticipating to join Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa led ministry in the next cabinet expansion.

Vishwanath is one among the 17 MLAs of the previous JDS- Congress coalition government who pulled the rug under the feet of the government and stepped down as MLAs, before joining BJP.

While Vishwanath and MTB Nagaraj lost the by-elections on BJP ticket to the Assembly, Shankar was nominated to the Council.

– Team Mysoorunews

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