The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs were shifted to Hyderabad late on Thursday night. Three buses carrying 116 Karnataka lawmakers left Bengaluru at 12:15 A.M., last night.
This comes after BJP’s B. S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka’s Chief Minister. However, Governor Vajubhai Vala has given the BJP 15 days to prove their majority. The BJP requires another 8 seats to prove its majority. The Congress hopes the Supreme Court reduces the days given by the Governor.
To protect the MLAs from the BJP’s offers the Congress and JD(S) planned to keep their MLAs away from the BJP’s prying eye. The lawmakers were made to switch buses during the journey for security reasons.
The buses took a break early in the morning and Congress leader Madhu Goud Yashki spoke to the media. He said, “How shamelessly the BJP is asking MLAs…there is an anti defection law. And JD(S) Congress have clear numbers. But the BJP is openly poaching. And shamelessly the PM (Modi) supports it. They are acting like criminals.”
The Congress and JD(S) have claimed the BJP has bribed and threatened lawmakers. The Congress party has made all its Karnataka MLAs to download an app that allows the leaders to track and record phone calls.
The voting for the 222 seats was held on Saturday and one of the Constituency’s polling was canceled after the BJP candidate suddenly passed away. The BJP party secured 105 seats while the majority required to form a government in 112 seats. The Congress secured 77 seats and the JD(S) won 39 seats and decided to form an alliance to form a coalition Government. However, the decision left for the Karnataka Governor from BJP decided to give his party the opportunity to prove their majority.