N. Mahesh, BSP ́s lone MLA in the Karnataka government abstained from the Karnataka government trust vote, despite special orders from BSP supremo Mayawati, to vote in favor of JDS-Congress coalition in the Kumaraswamy Government trust vote. He was expelled from the party for defying the party orders.
N. Mahesh has been getting a lot of criticism from activists and political observers for skipping the crucial vote, especially during a time of crisis in state politics. Many feel that at a time like this when the whole country was following Karnataka politics, he could have used this platform to express his party ́s stand and expose BJP ́s horse-trading tactics. Ambedakartie, writer and social activist C. Krishnamurthy said Mahesh is a disappointment to the entire Bahujan movement.
In a press conference yesterday, he issued a clarification saying there has been a communication gap and that he did not disobey party orders. He elaborated that he didn’t receive any message from Mayawati to vote for the Kumaraswamy government. During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BSP fielded candidates independently from 28 constituencies, without seeking alliances. Post Lok Sabha elections, the coalition dynamics had changed and he had consulted Dr Ashok Siddharth, a member of the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha and party’s Karnataka in-charge on the trust vote and he had told him to remain independent. He said he was in his constituency for the same reason.
In the press conference, he stated that the information sent out via Twitter, has caused this communication gap and that he has not disobeyed the party high command or violated any party instructions.
N Mahesh was the District Social Welfare Officer in Kollegal before he entered politics. Inspired by Bahujan philosophy, he resigned from his government position and joined the movement. Along with his friend Gopinath, he played a crucial role in building BSP and BVS in the state. After three consecutive defeats, an alliance with JDS helped him become an MLA. He also worked as the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education for four months, after which he was made to resign.