After BJP threatened that there would be a change of government in Karnataka after Sankranti, the hang-over is continuing in state politics. While on one side Congerss-JD(S) combine are seen in panic with checking their MLAs whereabouts, BJP’s plans are untraceable.
As many as 100 BJP MLAs, who went New Delhi to attend their party’s National Council meeting, last week, are yet to return Bengaluru. They are lodged in a star hotel in Gurgaon. The coalition partners in Bengarule are unable to judge why BJP is keeping their folk there.
While both sides are accusing others of poaching their MLAs, except two independent MLAs withdrawing support to the government, not a major development is seen during last two weeks. With regard to three Congress MLAs lodged by BJP in a Mumbai hotel, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that they are in touch with him, though may not be available to the media.
“It is not necessary for me to carry out any operation (poaching), actually there is sufficient numbers with me.. Everything is under control… don’t worry,” Kumaraswamy says. , “We are not going to shift anyone to any resort, there is no need for it. So I request media not to fool itself and the people of the state,” he added.
He says he wants BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa to explain whether his party MLAs have been shifted there to celebrate Sankranthi or for any other reason.
Congress Minister DK Shivakumar has aimed that the government was stable. “There is no threat to the government,” he says. “We’ll try to accommodate one independent. We are in touch with Congress MLAs. The MLAs who are in Mumbai are also talking to us. They will also attend the CLP meeting in Bengaluru,” he added.
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asserted that the BJP will not be able to create any rift between the Congress members. “The coalition is intact and the government is strong. The BJP cannot create rift,” he says.
Meanwhile, NSUI Karnataka held a protest against state BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of party office in Malleshwaram, for “again trying cheap tricks to come to power ignoring people’s mandate.”