Karnataka is governed by a coalition between the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress. In opposition is the BJP the single largest party in the state election held last May.
This week’s drama began when DK Shivakumar, a Congress minister, levelled accusations of horsetrading against the BJP, and alleged that three of his party’s MLAs were in a Mumbai hotel in the “company of some BJP leaders”. It turned out there were four MLAs in the hotel — all Congressmen, all disgruntled.
One of them has returned to Bengaluru, Karnataka’s capital. According to party sources, the remaining trio have said they will too.
A Congress legislature party meeting is scheduled to take place today in Bengaluru.
Two independents have withdrawn support for Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s government — but it still has the numbers it needs.
Both the ruling alliance and the BJP have accused each other of trying to poach MLAs.
BJP MLAs return from Gurgaon hotel
Seventy rooms were booked in a Gurgaon resort (each costs between Rs 27,000 and 31,000 a night) for the Karnataka BJP MLAs, some of whom have now left. The rest — according to party sources — have been asked to leave in batches.
Some of the MLAs were filmed playing cricket at the resort.
“We extend a hearty welcome to all Karnataka BJP MLAs who are returning home after an extended holiday at a luxury resort near Delhi,” said Dinesh Gundu Rao, the Karnataka Congress president.