Operation Lotus: Is BJP planning to topple Karnataka government?

Karnataka Water Resources Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar alleged that the BJP is ‘poaching’ its MLAs to topple the state government

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Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and general assembly polls, Karnataka Water Resources Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to topple the Karnataka government. Shivakumar claimed that three Congress MLAs were in a Mumbai hotel in the company of BJP leaders. 

Shivakumar played an important role in keeping the Congress together during the vote of confidence against former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. He has alleged that the BJP under its “Operation Lotus” is trying to buy the Congress MLAs to topple the state government’s coalition government. 

Of the 224 members in Karnataka Assembly, BJP has 104 members followed by 80 MLAs from Congress, 37 from Janata Dal (Secular), one MLAs from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and three MLAs are independent. 

Earlier in 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections, BJP with 104 MLAs was unable to form the government despite being the largest party. The coalition government was formed in the state with the majority and support of 120 MLAs including JD(S)-Congress alliance with BSP and two independent MLAs.


Two Independent MLAs withdraw support

However, earlier on Tuesday, the two independent MLAs - H Nagesh and R Shankar - withdraw their support from the Karnataka government. Reacting to this, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy told the media, “I am totally relaxed as I am aware of my strength.”

Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa chaired a meeting with the members of the state legislative assembly in New Delhi amid the allegations made by JD(S)-Congress coalition government that the BJP is ‘poaching’ its MLAs to topple the government in the state.

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