Midnight action spilled over into the wee hours of Friday as Congress MLAs holed up in Eagleton resort and JD(S) MLAs in Shangri La hotel in Bengaluru hopped on a bus and made their way to Hyderabad, nearly 600 km away.
Hope it is not anyone’s motto? Or maybe it is... currently for one party! pic.twitter.com/aJPOvIIxJR
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 17, 2018
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
"We have to take some caution. To stop horse-trading, they (MLAs) are moving together. All MLAs(JD(S) Congress) are travelling in the bus, they are going to stay in the same place", H D Kumaraswamy of JDS told reporters.
The strength of the Karnataka Assembly is 224; elections were held for 222 seats. The Congress-JDS combine which is claiming that its sum total of 116 MLAs (78 Congress + 38 JDS) after the Karnataka Assembly elections is a "clear majority".
This post-poll tie up is falling back to the tried and tested method of what's come to be called "resort politics" - holing up where poachers loaded with money have a harder time getting in. BS Yeddyurappa took oath Thursday at a low-key function at the Governor's House in Bengaluru but this BJP government will still have to prove strength in a floor test.
The BJP, with 104 MLAs, has been given first dibs at power even as the Congress-JDS combine has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the state government.
JD(S) MLAs about to leave Shangri-La Hotel in #Bengaluru; JDS MLA Shivarame Gowda says, 'some of Congress and JD(S) MLAs are going to Kochi and some to Hyderabad' pic.twitter.com/ahqhK56gum — ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
The Congress-JDS tie-up managed to get a three judge bench to hear their petition for nearly four hours starting 1:45 am Thursday and the case continues with a Friday hearing. The Supreme Court did not stay the swearing in of newly minted Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa but said it (Yeddyurappa's hold on the CM chair) would be "subject to the outcome of the case".
Updated Date: May 18, 2018 03:30 AM