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Press Trust Of India
Bangalore, January 29, 2013
Thirteen rebel BJP MLAs identified with former party strongman B S Yeddyurappa today submitted their resignation letters to Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah. The MLAs submitted their letters quitting their assembly membership in person to Bopaiah, who had a one-on-one meeting with them to ascertain whether they were doing so on their own.

Even as the consultation process was underway, the Speaker's secretariat issued a statement, saying that the resignation of Challakere (ST) constituency MLA Thippeswamy has been accepted.

The fate of the resignation of 12 MLAs is yet to be known.

The petition filed by BJP seeking disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs on the ground of 'anti party' activities is already before the Speaker and is likely to have a bearing on their resignation letters.

BJP today filed another complaint seeking disqualification of five MLCs who have been supporting Karnataka Janata Party, floated by Yeddyurappa after breaking ranks with the BJP.