A day after Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy decided to seek a vote of confidence, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to shift it's 105 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to a resort near Bengaluru fearing poaching by the ruling alliance.
Senior leaders of the BJP in Karnataka feel that the Janata Dal (Secular) or JDS and Congress leadership could try to win over some of the 105 MLAs before the trust vote.
"We are thinking of moving our MLAs to Devanahalli on the outskirts of Bengaluru for at least 3-4 days to keep all MLAs together and protect them from any attempt by the Congress and JDS to reduce our numbers in the house," said a senior BJP leader based in Bengaluru.
The political problem in Karnataka started after some of the MLAs of the Congress and JDS decided to rebel against the Kumaraswamy government and submitted their resignation. Although the alliance government has accused the BJP of instigating the rebellion, senior leaders of the BJP have denied the charge and said that infighting between the Congress and JDS has led to the crisis in political and administrative circles in the state.
Members of the BJP also point out that the central leadership of the BJP is keen that the party does not lose any MLA as numbers in the house would be crucial for the trust vote. BJP leaders from Karnataka have already demanded that Kumaraswamy should resign because of lack of majority in the legislative assembly.
"Congress and JDS leaders know that the state government is under threat and it could try to get MLAs from the BJP. We have met the Speaker and the Governor to demand that Kumaraswamy should resign at the earliest because of lack of numbers in the house," the BJP leader quoted above said.