Bengaluru, May 18: In a bid to prevent poaching ahead of the crucial floor test in Karnataka Assembly, the Congress and JD-S have shifted their newly-elected MLAs to Hyderabad.
“We have shifted 36 of our legislators in a bus to Hyderabad to prevent the Bharatiya Janata Party from poaching them to defect,” Janata Dal-Secular spokesman Ramesh Babu told IANS here.
JD-S state President H.D. Kumaraswamy, however, returned to Bengaluru, he clarified.
The Congress also shifted its MLAs to Hyderabad in a separate luxury bus to safeguard its legislators from poaching.
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
Party leader D.K. Shivakumar told media here that the priority for the party was to keep its legislators safe.
“Our priority is to keep all our MLAs safe and intact. There is a lot of pressure on their families. So some of the legislators have been shifted to Hyderabad, while some have stayed back in Bengaluru,” Shivakumar said.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad stated ” MLAs who were staying at B’luru resort received threats,we wanted to take them to Kerala by air but permission was not granted,ultimately they had to travel by road. Is this democracy?No one trusts Constitution anymore, people have faith only in judiciary?”.
In the May 12 Assembly election in 222 constituencies, the BJP bagged won 104, Congress 78 and JD-S 37.
As Kumaraswamy won from both Channapatna and Ramanagara assembly segments, the party effectively has 37 votes, including one vote from its Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ally, as the JD-S state president can vote for one seat.
As the BJP is eight short of the 112-halfway mark for a simple majority to win the trust vote, Congress and JD-S which have formed a post-poll alliance.