New Delhi: The storm is still raging in the Karnataka, with the electorate throwing up a hung assembly after the votes were counted on Tuesday. As the numbers game heats up, the Congress is working hard to keep its flock together.
Newly-elected Congress MLAs will likely be whisked away to Eagleton Resort on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway to thwart any attempts of horse-trading. However, this isn’t the first time this resort, owned by Congress leader DK Sivakumar, has played host to lawmakers under lockdown.
During the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election last year, the Congress had flown its Gujarat MLAs to the resort in Bengaluru to keep them under tight watch. Congress leader Ahmed Patel had eventually won the nail-biting election, which had a photo-finish complete with cross-voting and betrayal.
The Congress-JD(S) CM nominee, HD Kumaraswamy, has accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crore cash and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs to lure them. He even said that the party had an “offer” for him as well but Kumaraswamy does not wish to betray his father Deve Gowda.
On the other hand, the BJP is also wary of JD(S) poaching MLAs that are unhappy with BS Yeddyurappa being the CM pick and might also move their MLAs to a resort before the inevitable floor test.
A delegation of the Congress and JD(S), including HD Kumaraswamy, is set to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm in Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.
Earlier, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vala and said that the latter had promised to take an “appropriate decision”.