Congress `surgical strike’ foils BJP’s `Operation Lotus

The BJP’s `Operation Lotus’ to destabilize seven-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka has failed with the ruling parties counter moves. BJP leaders have been claiming that the present government will not continue beyond Pongal, but they manage to survive.

Later, the BJP’s dead-line was Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s budget presentation in the state assembly, earlier this week. BJP’s former deputy chief minister R Ashok announced that Chief Minister may not remain in power till presentation of his budget. But, it went on well.

Now, practically BJP seems to be given up its operation. Former chief minister and state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa, who was seen in hurry to return as chief minister, has openly announced that mo more attempt will be made to topple the government.

Though first two days of the budget session, BJP suceeded in preventing the assembly from taking up any business with slogans claiming that the government losts its majority in the house, on the third day before presenting his budget, Chief Minister released an audio tape, in which Yeddyurappa was allegedly offering Rs 25 crore cash and ministerial berth to a JD(S) MLA. He was also heard of claiming that more than 15 Congress MLAs were ready to quit the party and join BJP. He also asserted that this government will not survive till Friday evening.

This audio tape made BJP leadership in defensive. Moreover, Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah had requested the Spekar to initiate descrplinary action against four Congress MLAs, who were in BJP camp and absent to Congress Legisalture Party meeting.  This `surgical strike’ by Congerss seems to be sent warning signals to discontent Congress MLAs and also given a clear message that BJP is not in a position to topple their government.

Meanwhile, Congress today accused that two top central BJP leaders were behind the move to topple the Karnataka government and said it would rake up the issue in Parliament next week. Party general secretary KC Venugopal and chief spokesperson  Randeep Surjewala alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were involved in attempts to topple the JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka. “The state government is being destabilised by the national government,” Venugopal alleged. “Since Yeddyurappa is heard saying that Amit Shah will manage judges, the CJI should take suo motu cognisance of attempts to defame the judiciary,” Surjewala said.

Against the backdrop of an audio tape in which state BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa is purportedly trying to lure a JD(S) MLA with an offer of Rs 10 crore, the Congress also urged Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to take suo motu cognisance of claims that top BJP leaders can “manage” judiciary.

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