While the politics from remote locations, primarily from resorts or 5-star hotels continues in Karnataka, the neighbouring State of Goa, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who was in United States, finally landed in Delhi on Sunday afternoon.
In fact, this is the third time, including once in Goa in the nearly 400 days of the government when resorts are being used as political battle fields for alluring the dissenting MLAs from Congress and Janata Dal Secular JD(S) who according to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), came together in an “unholy alliance” since May 23, 2018 to form a government post Assembly elections.
In last year's Assembly elections for the Karnataka house of 224 members, BJP had bagged 104 seats followed by Congress with 80 and 37 of JD(S). The Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka is in deep trouble after 13 MLAs from the Assembly submitted their resignation on Saturday. It all began when H Vishwanath, former JD(S) President, led legislators to the chamber of Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. The Congress and JD(S) MLAs on Saturday reached Karnataka Assembly Speaker's office in the Vidhana Soudha (Karnataka Assembly) and since the Speaker was not present, they submitted their resignation to the secretary of the Speaker's Office.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy reached the hot spot on Sunday evening and at the backdrop the CM's PA spoke to all 34 JD(S) MLAs asking them to be present for the JDLP meet which was slated for late Sunday evening at Taj West End Hotel. This is the same hotel from where Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has been operating for the last one year and drew a lot of flack in political circles only this May.
Notwithstanding the political turmoil that has rocked the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, the Congress leaders who are themselves facing a crisis of leadership at 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi have exuded confidence that they would survive the crisis. Congress says that strict action will be taken against MLAs who miss the legislature party meeting on Tuesday, July 9. It is expected that Congress leader KC Venugopal and Dinesh Gundu Rao will also be present for the meeting.
In Mumbai, Congress workers gathered outside Sofitel Hotel, where the rebel MLAs are enjoying their stay, to protest against BJP’s undemocratic move of poaching Congress-JD(S) MLAs of Karnataka. The protestors alleged that democracy is being slaughtered and has opened the flood gates for horse trading.
BJP on the other hand has learnt to have deputed senior Union Minister along with Karnataka State BJP General Secretary Arvind Limbavali to keep a close eye on the rapid political developments which are taking place in the neighbouring State. Several State-level BJP leaders or their personal assistants have been spotted and caught on camera at “action arena”. Meanwhile, according to media reports the BJP State Unit in Karnataka has booked 30 rooms for two days in Ramada Hotel in Bengaluru for their MLAs. Also, Senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa is eagerly waiting for the Speaker’s final decision on the resignations submitted by the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance MLAs.
According to the media reports the chartered plane in which 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, which if true, makes it amply clear that the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka has been in turmoil since its inception. The tears rolling down the cheeks of Chief Minister Kumaraswamy in July last year, is a testimony to this emerging crisis even if he has publicly said in the past that “I shed tears everyday”, a perfect replication of what his father HD Deve Gowda the former Prime Minister of India also used to do.