Sources say 22 MLAs from JDS want to join the state BJP in Karnataka. But speaking to MyNation, JDS MLA GT Devegowda struck it down as rumours.
Bengaluru: BJP has often been accused of employing what’s called Operation Kamala to poach MLAs from other parties and strengthen its numbers.
Now, there is a news report that 22 JD(S) MLAs from Karnataka are mulling joining the BJP in the state.
Sources say that on the day before BS Yediyurappa was to take up the floor test, 2 JD(S) leaders met a prominent BJP leader and expressed their intent to join the BJP. This BJP leader is a powerful leader who has good relations with the top brass.
Furthermore, why 22 JD(S) leaders in specific? Well, sources say that these JD(S) leaders who want to join the BJP do not want to come under the purview of the anti-defection law of the tenth schedule of the Indian Constitution.
As per the law, if more than 2/3rd of a party defects, they will have to face no punitive action. A perfect case at hand is how 10 Goan Congress MLAs defected to the state BJP.
When MyNation spoke to GT Deve Gowda, the JD(S) MLA from Chamundeshwari, Karnataka, dismissed the talks as mere rumours, adding there is no such plan whatsoever.
Meanwhile, chief minister BS Yediyurappa is in Delhi in relation to Cabinet formation. He met national organising secretary BL Santosh with a list of his own contenders for the post of ministers.
The two leaders are expected to meet national president Amit Shah on Saturday (August 17) to finalise the talks of Cabinet formation.
The HD Kumaraswamy government was defeated 99 – 105 in the trust vote late last month. As many as 17 rebel MLAs from both Congress and JD(S) did not take part in the trust vote, enabling the BJP in the state to latch on to power by BS Yediyurappa becoming the CM.
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Last Updated Aug 16, 2019, 8:08 PM IST