Bengaluru: JD(S) has expelled three MLAs H Vishwanath, Gopalaiah and Narayana Gowda, who had rebelled against the party, leading to the collapse of the coalition government in Karnataka.

On the directions of  JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda, Hunsur MLA H Vishwanath, Mahalakshmi Layout MLA Gopalaiah, and KR Pet MLA Narayana Gowda have been expelled from the party with immediate effect.

Yesterday, Congress had expelled 14 rebel MLAs from its party. Earlier, all rebel MLAs were disqualified by the former Speaker Ramesh Kumar. The directions to expel Congress rebel MLAs was given by AICC general secretary KC Venugopal.

The MLAs in Congress and JD(S) have been expelled on charges of conducting anti-party activities. Among the rebel leaders H Vishwanath had quit the Congress and joined the JD(S).

Accordingly, a total of 17 MLAs - 14 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) have been expelled from their respective parties. All these 17 MLAs absented themselves from voting for the parties when the floor test was held in the Assembly, resulting in the collapse of the coalition government.