The political crisis in Karnataka which the local BJP leaders on Saturday morning gave to understand was likely to blow over, further deepened with the rebels not relenting and fleeing from Goa to Chennai.
Saturday afternoon 12 of the rebels left the Taj Exotica in six cars escorted by four police jeeps and arrived at the Dabolim airport where they were huddled in the conference room which was closed for others.
As they could not get tickets on available flights, two flights were chartered to take them away from Goa and they reportedly left for Chennai Saturday evening.
BJP’s Good Governance Cell chief Manohar Parrikar who had also rushed to the Dabolim airport in a last minute attempt to salvage the situation was denied access to the rebel MLAs. The BJP however, managed to break away two of the rebels who returned to the party fold.
That the efforts of Manohar and other BJP leaders from Goa and Karnataka to convince their rebels to relent had failed is evident considering that the rebels have challenged the show cause notice served on them by Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly K G Bopaiah.
The rebels have termed the notice as illegal, unconstitutional and motivated and sought seven days’ time to reply to. They have defended their action saying that they were disillusioned with the Yeddyurappa government which they pointed out was facing charges of corruption, nepotism and favouritism.