Cong strug­gles to keep flock in­tact as Yeddy takes oath

As BJP gov­ern­ment takes charge in Kar­nataka, Congress & JD(S) scurry to keep flock to­gether amid poach­ing at­tempts

Mail Today - - FRONT PAGE - By Mausami Singh in Bengaluru

THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) put up a ju­bi­lant front as its leader BS Yed­dyu­rappa took oath as the chief min­is­ter of Kar­nataka on Thurs­day for the third time. This was a day af­ter gov­er­nor Va­jub­hai Vala in­vited the BJP to form the govern­ment in the state.

Soon af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice, Yed­dyu­rappa or­dered for the re­moval of po­lice se­cu­rity from Ea­gle­ton Re­sort, where the win­ning Congress MLAs were en­sconced, and a flurry of trans­fers at the top-most level in the state bu­reau­cracy.

Ac­cord­ing to media re­ports, the su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) of Chikka­m­a­galuru, An­na­malai, was trans­ferred to Ra­mana­gara as the new SP. Ea­gle­ton Re­sort falls within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Ra­mana­gara SP.

A pan­icky Congress tried to ferry its MLAs to Ker­ala in three char­tered flights, but air traf­fic con­trol re­port­edly de­nied them per­mis­sions to fly. Late night the Congress party was re­port­edly ar­rang­ing buses to ferry the MLAs – but the des­ti­na­tion was secret.

Some Congress MLAs al­leged that they were be­ing threat­ened by the BJP. Congress leader Ra­ma­linga Reddy said that af­ter po­lice were with­drawn from Ea­gle­ton Re­sort, BJP work­ers en­tered the re­sort, and tried to poach their MLAs by of­fer­ing them money. The MLAs al­leged that they have been re­ceiv­ing calls as well.

AICC social media head Divya Span­dana also tweeted, say­ing, "Spoke to a Kar­nataka Congress MLA's wife and daugh­ter, it was heart­break­ing to hear the daugh­ter cry and say she fears for her fa­thers life. One feels so help­less when pol­i­tics comes to this."

Ker­ala's tourism min­is­ter Kadakam­pally, on the other hand, wel­comed Congress MLAs to his state. “Heard news from dif­fer­ent sources that the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kar­nataka are trav­el­ling to Ker­ala. As the tourism min­is­ter of the state, we are happy to welcome them and aid them, there won’t be any trou­ble of horse traders here!” he said in a tweet.

Ear­lier, Congress lead­ers led by Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Sid­dara­ma­iah and G Parmesh­war sat on a dharna at the Gandhi statue in Vid­han Sauda, call­ing it a black day for democ­racy.

As the new chief min­is­ter en­tered the Kar­nataka Vid­han Sauda he bowed down and touched the floor in trade­mark Modi style. The PM had done so when he en­tered Par­lia­ment for the first time.

I want to ask PM Modi is this his cor­rup­tion-free model? The BJP is try­ing to poach Congress and JD(S) MLAs. We will pro­tect all their (Congress) MLAs in Kar­nataka. All 37 MLAs of the JD(S) are with me. — HD Ku­maraswamy, Kar­nataka state JD(S) pres­i­dent

A ju­bi­lant BS Yed­dyu­rappa who was sworn in as Kar­nataka CM on Thurs­day.

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