After the BJP’s Gurgaon retreat, it’s the flip of Karnataka’s Congress lawmakers for a staycation, at a Bengaluru resort. The identical the place they had been sequestered simply seven months in the past, when the elections threw up a hung verdict and lawmakers had been flying between rival events.

4 Congress lawmakers had been AWOL as we speak because the social gathering rallied its flock for a headcount amid what it suspects is a BJP technique to topple the Janata Dal Secular-Congress authorities headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Two extra rebels had “returned” to the social gathering fold on Wednesday.

The absentees ignored calls, which induced some disquiet among the many management of lingering makes an attempt to interrupt them.

The 76 Congress lawmakers who did present up for the legislature social gathering assembly had been rewarded with an prompt vacation bundle. They had been all bundled into buses and pushed to the Eagleton Golf Resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

“They’re being taken to a resort to maintain them protected from the BJP,” former chief minister Siddaramaiah, the chief of the Congress legislature social gathering, informed NDTV.

Siddaramaiah and one other chief, DK Shivakumar, have been accusing the BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, a former chief minister, of providing inducements to Congress lawmakers in a renewed plan to take energy in Karnataka earlier than the nationwide election, due by Could. They allege that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are fully behind the plan.

“All MLAs needed to indicate unity, they needed to ship a message. We’re certain of our numbers. All people is there besides three,” stated Mr Shivakumar, the Congress’s troubleshooter in Karnataka and the person credited with guarding the flock in opposition to “poaching” makes an attempt manner again in Could, after the state elections.

“We’re in opposition to resort politics,” he sought to make clear.

Motion can be taken in opposition to the “lacking” lawmakers; Umesh Jadhav, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli are believed to be at a Mumbai lodge and B Nagendra, the fourth absentee, informed reporters he had a courtroom listening to. Ramesh Jarkiholi has been seething since he was dropped as a minister. Effectively after the assembly started, Umesh Jadhav despatched a notice saying he was unwell and could not journey.

“I’ll ship discover to the absentees and search an evidence. Then I’ll communicate to the excessive command,” stated Mr Siddaramaiah.

Eagleton, with a pool, spacious rooms and numerous sports activities actions, is tried and examined in “resort politics”. Final yr, the identical Congress bunch had stayed there throughout authorities formation strikes. In 2017, the resort hosted Gujarat Congress lawmakers who had been in demand forward of a Rajya Sabha election that grew to become a thriller.

Earlier this week, 104 BJP lawmakers checked right into a resort in Gurgaon close to Delhi as hypothesis peaked that the ruling coalition in Karnataka was on the breaking point. The thrill intensified after two unbiased lawmakers withdrew assist from the Kumaraswamy-led authorities.

The Congress repeatedly known as it a redux of “Operation Lotus (the BJP’s election image)” – the title given for a previous BJP try to lure away rival lawmakers. The time period was coined in 2008 when the BJP allegedly engineered defections of opposition legislators to make sure that its authorities headed by Mr Yeddyurappa stays secure.

After the return of two lawmakers, the ruling coalition leaders stated the BJP had aborted its coup try. Mr Yeddyurappa additionally confirmed that over 100 BJP leaders would lastly return to Bengaluru.

The JDS-Congress alliance has 118 lawmakers within the 224-member Karnataka meeting the place the bulk mark is 113.


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