Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday held a crucial meeting with Congress MLAs here on Friday to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the state Assembly on Saturday when the BJP government seeks a trust vote.
The Congress leader flew in to Hyderabad hours after the MLAs of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) were shifted here by their respective parties to prevent them from poaching by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the crucial floor test in the new Assembly.
Siddaramaiah drove to hotel Taj Krishna and began consultations with the party leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment directing Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to take floor test at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
According to Congress sources, the senior leader is giving directions to the MLAs to ensure coordination to defeat the trust vote. The meeting was attended by all 76 MLAs of the party.
The MLAs of JD-S are staying at hotel Novotel. Sources have not ruled out the possibility of a joint meeting of the legislators of both the parties later in the day.
Three bus loads of MLAs arrived here after their night-long road journey from Bengaluru. This happened after the plans of the two parties to move the legislators to Kochi failed.
Police have made tight security arrangements at the two hotels. Media persons have been barred from entering while security personnel were frisking visitors before allowing them in.
Congress leader Madhu Goud Yashki, who accompanied the MLAs from Bengaluru, told reporters that the BJP was shamelessly trying to poach on the MLAs. He said the BJP would fail as the Congress-JD-S enjoy the majority.
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