Bengaluru: Siddaramaiah, head of the Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee, on Sunday warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the Operation Lotus 2.0 in Karnataka, saying the saffron party was already in a state of “coma” due to its past deeds. The former Karnataka chief minister’s warning came hours after state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa predicted that the JDS-Congress government would fall.
‘Operation Lotus’ is a reference to the BJP allegedly luring several opposition MLAs by making them resign and contest the elections on the party’s ticket and win to strengthen its numbers in the assembly to ensure the stability of its then-government headed by B S Yeddyurappa in the year 2008.
Attacking the BJP over its prediction that the coalition government would fall in the state, Siddaramaiah, in a tweet, said, “Yeddyurappa (now state BJP chief) has once again made a statement that the government would fall. Already due to several rounds of operations, the lotus (BJP symbol) in Karnataka is in (a) coma. Now once again don’t try your hands into the wrong adventure of Operation Lotus,”
The Congress leader also asserted that the BJP would remain an opposition party in the state.
Siddaramaiah’s tweet came in response to repeated comments by Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders expressing doubts about the continuance of the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy ever since it came to power in May this year after the elections threw up a hung assembly.
Congress and JD(S) have accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the coalition government by trying to poach their MLAs, a charge denied by the saffron party. The coalition parties have earlier accused the BJP of poaching their leaders during the floor test to prove the majority when the Karnataka election results declared a hung assembly.