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Karnataka BJP MLAs head home from Gurgaon after Yeddyurappa summons

With the Congress on tenterhooks to keep its numbers intact, the party's MLAs are remaining sequestered in a resort on the city outskirts fearing a poaching bid by BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

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MLAs have returned to the state from where they were lodged in a private resort for the past a few days.

State B S had asked all 104 party MLAs to return and they flew back to the state late Saturday night, MLC said.

"Some of them have directly flown back to their constituencies and others including former ministers R Ashoka and K S Eshwarappa returned to Bengaluru," he said.

With the on tenterhooks to keep its numbers intact, the party's MLAs are remaining sequestered in a resort on the city outskirts fearing a poaching bid by BJP.

had said BJP would not destabilise Karnataka's ruling coalition.

"Let the Congress-JD(S) leaders not have any doubt about it," he said, after chinks in the ruling coalition were exposed when four MLAs skipped the Legislature Party meet on Friday.

As the fissures became evident, the on Friday swiftly moved all its MLAs to the resort in a bid to "escape" the BJP's alleged bid to woo its MLAs.

Top Congress sources had said Friday that at least eight party MLAs have "committed" themselves to BJP. The BJP also announced that a seven-member team led by would tour drought-hit districts from Monday.

CLP had welcomed Yeddyurappa's decision to call back all BJP MLAs and asked him to "walk the talk" on not trying to destabilise the ruling coalition.

"I welcome Yeddyurappa's decision to call back the BJP legislators from and send them to monitor the drought management in the state," he said in a tweet in Kannada.

Congress D K Shivakumar said he was in touch with all the MLAs.

Asked about senior ministers resigning to accommodate disgruntled legislators in the cabinet, he said, "I have voluntarily offered (to resign)...in the interest of the party. If my leaders want, I'm ready.

First Published: Sun, January 20 2019. 11:50 IST
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