Bengaluru, May 17(GCCurrentAffairs) As threat looming at large about Opposition BJP launching its Operation Lotus to woo the ruling party Legislators, Coalition partners in Karnataka are moving their MLAs to Resorts to ensure that they will not fall prey and to maintain unity.
According to party sources, both the Congress and the JD(S) leaders have decided to shift their MLAs to safe heavens (Resorts) and thwart any attempt by BJP to lure them and attempt to topple the one-year-old coalition government.
Opposition leader in the Legislative Assebly, B S Yeddiyurappa has already predicted that if the Saffron party
manged to win more than 20 Lok Sabh seats the fate of the Coalition government is at stake and it may fall at time.
Chief Minister aspirant Yeddyurappa, had already claimed that more than 20 disgruntled MLAs of the ruling Congress and the JD(S) are in constant touch with the BJP leaders and resign their seat immediately after the Lok Sabha poll results were announced.
Yeddyurappa has already claimed that party’s tally in the 225-member House will go up to 106 by winning both Kundagol and Chincholi Assembly seats for which byelection is slated for May 19 and try to stake claim to form the government with the support of three independents.
Countering the BJP’s strategy the KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao had warned that if the BJP target 10 MLAs of the ruling Party, the Congress will not remain a mute spectator and it can also lure the Saffron party MLAs to its fold and save the State Government.
Meanwhile Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had convened a meeting of the JD(S) legislature party on May 21 ahead of the counting of votes polled in the Lok Sabha election on May 23, to discuss the political developments.
Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is also Coordination Committee Chairman of the coalition government, has also convened a meeting of the party MLAs and may decide to shift them to safe places.
The decision of the Congress to shift its MLAs in February had took a bitter turn, as two of MLAs, both from Ballary were involved in a brawl, inside the Egalton Resort, located in the outskirts of the city, resulting in injury to the Vijayanagara MLA,Anand Singh and jail custody of the another party MLA, Ganesh.