New political turbulence in Karnataka has travelled from Bengaluru to Delhi because the BJP flew its 100-odd lawmakers to the capital after which a resort in neighbouring Gurgaon, alleging that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was making an attempt to separate its ranks.
“The Janata Dal Secular (JDS) needs to interrupt BJP lawmakers. We’re united. We are going to keep in Delhi for one or two days,” stated BJP chief and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
“We aren’t making an attempt to type an alternate authorities,” he added, responding to counter-allegations by the Congress that the BJP is making an attempt to do precisely the identical.
The Congress says a group of “missing” lawmakers is proof that the BJP has launched “Operation Lotus”. 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 Mr Yeddyurappa.
Within the 224-member Karnataka Meeting, the JDS-Congress mix has 118 lawmakers, greater than the bulk mark of 113. The BJP has 104 lawmakers and is much in need of the required numbers.
However the Congress alleges it’s making an attempt, which is the explanation 5 of its lawmakers have gone AWOL. Mr Kumaraswamy claims they’re in Mumbai resort and in contact with him. “All of them (Congress MLAs) are constantly in touch with me. They went to Mumbai after informing me. My authorities is not below any menace,” the Chief Minister stated indignantly.
Mr Kumaraswamy, who took cost as chief minister in Might 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: “A few of our MLAs have gone, they’ll go for temples, vacation, household outings, we do not know. All our MLAs are intact.”
Among the many “lacking” lawmakers is Ramesh Jarakiholi, who was dropped just lately by Mr Kumaraswamy in a cupboard shuffle. The others are Anand Singh, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and BC Patil.
JDS chief HD Deve Gowda stated his son Kumaraswamy was working a secure authorities and would achieve this for a full 5 years, regardless of “gossip for the previous seven months”.