| Updated at: 1037 PST, Monday, October 11, 2010|
BANGALORE: Hours ahead of the trust vote for beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in the Assembly, Speaker K G Bopaiah disqualified sixteen rebel MLAs, including eleven from ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), legislative sources said on Monday.
Bopaiah signed the disqualification order late Sunday night after accusing state Governor H R Bhardwaj of interfering in legislative matters as the latter asked to maintain status quo on its strength as on October 6 until the vote of confidence slated later on Monday.
The rebel legislators had withdrawn support to the government on October 6.
Bopaiah said, "These 16 MLAs have been disqualified under the provision of the anti-defection law as envisaged in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution."
The disqualified MLAs are Balachandra Jarkiholi, Belur Gopala Krishna, Anand Asnotikar, Sarvabowma Bagali, V Nagaraju, Raje Kage, Y Sampangi, Nanjundaswamy, S K Bellubbi, H S Shankara Lingegowda and Shivanagouda Naik.
Governor Bhardwaj had asked the Speaker on Sunday to desist from disqualifying any legislators and maintain the full strength of the House during the vote of confidence on Monday. Retaliating Bopaiah said the Governor was interfering in his official functioning.