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Congress expels 14 Karnataka rebel legislatorsNew Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday expelled 14 legislators, disqualified by former Karnataka Speaker K.R. Ramesh, for anti-party activities.

In a press communique, the party said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) had approved the proposal from the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee seeking expulsion of these MLAs from the party.

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The expelled MLAs are: Pratap Gouda Patil, B.C. Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, S.T. Someshekhar, Byrati Basavraj, Anand Singh, R. Roshan Baig, Muniratna, K. Sudhakar, M.T.B. Nagaraj, Shrimant Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumatahalli and R. Shankar.

A day before the trust vote on the B.S. Yediyurappa government in the Assembly, the Speaker on Sunday disqualified 14 rebel legislators of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular for defying party whips to attend the House on July 23.

Three rebel Congress legislators — Jarkiholi, Kumatahalli and R. Shankar — were disqualified on July 25 for defying the party whip to attend the Assembly and vote in favour of the motion.

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