Politics Karnataka bypolls: BJP bets on 'rebels', Congress cries foul Updated : September 25, 2019 08:25 AM IST The 17 rebels, including 14 from the Congress and 3 from the JD-S, resigned from their Assembly segments in July in protest against their coalition government's poor functioning. Former assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified the rebels in July for allegedly defying their party whip to attend the 10-day Monsoon Session. An upset Congress, however, vowed to defeat the rebels at the hustings if they re-contest. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.