Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP MLAs, including state unit president BS Yeddyurappa, are slated to conduct a meeting in New Delhi later on Monday to discuss Lok Sabha elections and the ongoing political developments in the state. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Congress’ allegations of ‘Operation Lotus’ to topple the state government.
Yeddyurappa has also denied allegations that his party was trying to poach Congress MLAs. Speaking to ANI, he said, “There is no truth to all these rumours (of reports of 3 Congress MLAs in touch with BJP). This is between Congress and JDS. We are not in touch with any of their MLAs. We are only focused on keeping our MLAs energised.”
Earlier, state Water Resources Minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar had, while claiming that the coalition government was stable, alleged that there was a “serious conspiracy” of the BJP party to woo MLAs from the ruling combine. Shivakumar reportedly stated that the MLAs themselves have alleged of the overtures being made to them. He alleged that three Congress MLAs were camping in a hotel in Mumbai in the company of some BJP MLAs and leaders. To the reporters in Bengaluru, Shivakumar said, “Attempts at horse-trading are real. The BJP leaders have said there will be a change after Sankranti. But the government will be stable.”
‘Operation Lotus’ is a reference to the BJP allegedly luring several opposition MLAs to defect to ensure the stability of its then-government headed by BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka in 2008.
Shivakumar, who had earned the reputation of being a “trouble-shooter” in the Congress for bailing out the party from many crises in the past, accused Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of being “lenient” towards the BJP. He said, “Our chief minister is a bit lenient towards the BJP. By ”lenient”, I mean he is not exposing the facts he knows. All the MLAs have conveyed to the chief minister about the ongoing conspiracies. They have also told Siddaramaiah about it.”
(With Agency inputs)