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Majority of Karnataka MLAs to spend weekend in resorts as Kumaraswamy seeks trust vote | India News

BENGALURU: Resort politics is back in Karnataka. The ongoing political crisis has ensured that majority of the 224 public representatives of the state would be in one resort or the other this weekend and not in their respective constituencies.
The state BJP on Friday decided to move its MLAs to two resorts, Ramada and Sai Leela, as chief minister H D Kumaraswamy took everyone by surprise with his decision to seek a trust vote.
Kumaraswamy today announced he would seek a trust vote to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was “ready for everything”.
Making the announcement in the state assembly, Kumaraswamy said he has ‘voluntarily’ decided to seek the vote, adding only when he commanded the support in the House he can continue as the CM.
Taking no chances, the Congress and the JD(S) have also made elaborate plans to herd their MLAs in resorts.
Ironically, despite trying their best to insulate their MLAs from rival parties in order to avoid “poaching” efforts, all the three parties have kept their MLAs in locations which are barely 25 kilometers from each other on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
No sooner was the trust vote proposed, the BJP went into overdrive and decided to ferry all their first time MLAs and “suspect” legislators to a small resort on Dodballapura road, outside Yelahanka.
“Every one (BJP MLAs) felt that they should be together and come together to the assembly on Monday … I have said okay,” state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa told reporters in response to a question.
According to party leaders, of the 105 BJP MLAs, close to 80 will be staying at the resort to ensure they are shielded from “counter-poaching” operations by the Congress or the JD(S).
Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah was quick to take a dig at the BJP. “Why are the BJP shifting their legislators to a resort? That is because they are scared of their own MLAs likely to flip sides. They have black sheep within their own ranks. Our black sheep have all left us and gone out of the party. We are yet to decide on shifting our MLAs to a resort,” he said.
Siddaramaiah claimed that the Congress was yet to take a decision on shifting its MLAs to a resort.
Meanwhile, the JD(S) has decided to ferry its 30-odd legislators back to the resort on the foothills of Nandi hills, where they were staying for the last two days.
Barring CM Kumaraswamy, his wife Anitha and brother H D Revanna, who would be staying at their residences in the city, all the other MLAs will be staying at the resort.
The Congress, which is the most vulnerable of all the three parties having lost 13 of its legislators to alleged BJP poaching efforts, has decided to put its MLAs within close proximity of the city.
According to party workers, the Congress MLAs will be put up at Taj Vivanta in Yeshwanthpura, temporarily, and are likely to be ferried to an undisclosed location later in the night.
With its favourite haunt, Eaglton resorts, under renovation, the party is likely to take its 50-odd MLAs to a resort close to Devanahalli.

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