JD(S) on Sunday suspended its eight rebel MLAs who apparently voted against its candidate and supported Congress in elections to fill four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka.
Party leadership also issued notice asking them why they should not be expelled from the party for going against party whip in the elections held on Saturday, which saw the party candidate, B M Farooq, secure 33 votes against the party strength of 40.
Addressing a meeting of party leaders, its president and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda said, “all the eight members have been suspended and notice have been issued to them.”
He added that an enquiry committee would be set up, which after going through suspended MLAs replies to the notice, would decide on the expulsion.
Accusing MLAs of indulging in cross-voting during elections to fill in seven seats of Karnataka Legislative Council from Legislative Assembly held on Friday, JD (S) also said that they would be expelled in accordance with the party constitution, if there is no response from them in the notice
Earlier in the day, party adopted a resolution asking its president to suspend 8 MLAs and to expel them for their indiscipline.