A group of “missing” Congress lawmakers in Karnataka is the biggest clue that the BJP has set “Operation Lotus” in motion, the party said today even as its partner, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, dismissed any threat to his coalition government.
The Congress has called a meeting in Bengaluru in the backdrop of its worry about “Operation Lotus”, which describes allegations that the BJP is trying to draw away ruling coalition lawmakers and take power in the state. The term was first used in 2008, when the BJP was accused of inciting several opposition legislators to defect to ensure the stability of its government headed by BS Yeddyurappa.
All of them (Congress MLAs) are continuously in contact with me. They went to Mumbai after informing me. My government isn’t under any threat,” the Chief Minister said indignantly.
Mr Kumaraswamy, who took charge as chief minister in May after his Janata Dal Secular and the Congress formed an alliance, added: “I know who all the BJP is trying to contact and what they’re offering. I can handle it…”
His deputy G Parameshwara of the Congress echoed him: “BJP leaders are saying this government will fall. But it won’t happen. Some of our MLAs have gone, they can go for temples, holiday, family outings, we don’t know. Nobody said that they’re going to join BJP and destabilise the government. All our MLAs are intact.