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Four expelled BJP MPs may get Congress tickets

The Congress indicates it may offer to four of the eight expelled MPs of the Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) tickets to contest the next Lok Sabha elections.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2008 23:27 IST

The Congress on Wednesday indicated it may offer tickets to four of the eight expelled MPs of the Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) to contest the next Lok Sabha elections.

“We will give tickets to Somabhai Patel, K Manjunath and HT Sangliana and Manorama Madhwaraj, who were expelled from BJP for cross-voting or abstaining during Tuesday's trust vote,” a party functionary said on condition of anonymity.

Patel (Surendranagar), Sangliana (Bangalore North) and Manjunath (Dharwad South) defied the party whip and voted in favour of the trust motion while Madhwaraj (Udupi) was absent during the voting.

The Congress would also consider giving ticket to Telugu Desham Party (TDP) MP M Shivanna, who voted in support of the government, the party functionary said.