Bengaluru: 

A gaggle of ‘lacking’ Congress lawmakers in Karnataka is the largest clue that the BJP has set “Operation Lotus” in movement, the get together mentioned immediately at the same time as its companion, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, dismissed any menace to his coalition authorities.

The Congress has known as a gathering in Bengaluru within the backdrop of its fear about “Operation Lotus”, which describes allegations that the BJP is making an attempt to attract away ruling coalition lawmakers and take energy within the state. The time period was first utilized in 2008, when the BJP was accused of inciting a number of opposition legislators to defect to make sure the steadiness of its authorities headed by BS Yeddyurappa.

5 Congress lawmakers appear to be out of contact with their get together, although ally Mr Kumaraswamy claimed they have been in contact with him.

“All of them (Congress MLAs) are repeatedly in touch with me. They went to Mumbai after informing me. My authorities is not underneath any menace,” the Chief Minister mentioned indignantly.

Mr Kumaraswamy, who took cost as chief minister in Could after his Janata Dal Secular and the Congress fashioned an alliance, added: “I do know who all of the BJP is making an attempt to contact and what they’re providing. I can deal with it…”

His deputy G Parameshwara of the Congress echoed him: “BJP leaders are saying this authorities will fall. However it will not occur. A few of our MLAs have gone, they will go for temples, vacation, household outings, we do not know. No person mentioned that they will be a part of BJP and destabilise the federal government. All our MLAs are intact.”

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The Congress’s troubleshooter in Karnataka, DK Shivakumar, mentioned on Sunday that every one of them are at a lodge in Mumbai within the firm of BJP leaders

Among the many ‘lacking’ lawmakers is Ramesh Jarakiholi, who was dropped just lately by Mr Kumaraswamy in a cupboard shuffle and had threatened to give up the Congress.

The others are Anand Singh, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and BC Patil.

The Congress’s troubleshooter in Karnataka, DK Shivakumar, who performed a giant function in maintaining the get together’s lawmakers collectively within the race for numbers after a fractured verdict in final yr’s polls, mentioned yesterday that every one of them are at a lodge in Mumbai within the firm of BJP leaders.

“Horse buying and selling is happening within the state. Three of our MLAs are in Mumbai in a lodge with some BJP MLAs and leaders. We’re conscious of what has transpired there and the way a lot has been provided to them,” he mentioned.

Extra damningly for the ruling coalition, Mr Shivakumar, a minister, additionally mentioned the chief minister “is a bit lenient” in direction of the BJP. “By lenient I imply he’s not exposing the details he is aware of. All of the MLAs conveyed to the chief minister in regards to the ongoing conspiracies. In addition they instructed Siddaramaiah (former Congress chief minister) about it… If I used to be in his place, I’d have uncovered it inside 24 hours,” Mr Shivakumar mentioned.

Many Congress lawmakers in Karnataka have claimed that they have been approached by the BJP leaders to give up their get together and be a part of them.

The BJP has trashed the fees, saying the coalition companions have been hiding their weaknesses and inside battle by making false accusations.

“There isn’t any reality to all these rumours. That is between the Congress and JDS. We aren’t in contact with any of their MLAs. We’re solely targeted on maintaining our MLAs energised,” mentioned former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP.

Sources, nonetheless, say whereas the get together is just not in favour of constructing any main transfer in Karnataka earlier than the nationwide election due by Could, Mr Yeddyurappa has different concepts.

Within the 224 member Karnataka Meeting, the BJP has 104 lawmakers and is much in need of the midway mark of 113 wanted for a majority. Even when the lawmakers give up the Congress, the coalition authorities will nonetheless have the numbers to outlive.

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