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Siddaramaiah to address Cong legislators in Hyderabad

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Former will address a meeting of newly-elected party legislators, who have been camping here, this evening, said JD(S) MLC

Amid a power struggle in neighbouring Karnataka, some of the newly-elected JD(S) and MLAs from the state arrived in the city this morning and were put up in two hotels.

said as many as 36 legislators belonging to the JD(S) and 77 of the are currently camping in city hotels.

"is coming to He will address legislators on the future course of action. We may go back to Bengaluru tonight," told

"We are trying for flight tickets. If we get we will fly. But getting tickets for flight appears to be difficult," he said when asked how they were planning to return to Bengaluru.

Congress leaders in Telangana, however, are tight-lipped about the developments.

The today ordered that a floor test be held in the assembly at 4 PM tomorrow to confirm whether newly-appointed BJP B S Yeddyurappa enjoys a majority in the state.

Political observers felt had been chosen for keeping the MLAs together owing to the rapport that Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao had with JD(S) chief and former H D Deve Gowda.

Rao had recently met Gowda at the latter's residence before the polls.

The had appealed to Telugu people living in the neighbouring state to vote for the JD(S).

The JD(S) last night alleged that chartered flights that were scheduled to carry its legislators along with those of the Congress from to were denied permission by the of Civil Aviation at the last minute.

However, a had said that DGCA permission was not required for charter operations within

Fearing poaching of their legislators by BJP, the Congress and JD(S) had earlier decided to fly them out of Karnataka.

BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was yesterday sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House. The Congress won 78 seats, while the JD(S) was victorious in 37 constituencies.

Polling was held in 222 of the state's 224 seats, for which results were declared on May 15, delivering a hung House.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 17:50 IST