The coalition government in Karnataka formed by the Congress and JD(S) seem to be in a risk of losing its MLAs.
Five Congress MLAs from Karnataka who are camping in Mumbai are on the verge to decide about their fate about staying in the party or joining the BJP, say sources. Mahesh Kumutahalli, Nagendra, Umesh Yadav, Kampli Ganesh, Ramesh Jarkiholi are the Congress MLAs who are likely to decide on quitting the party, say sources.
On Monday, Republic TV's broke the news that Congress MLAs from Karnataka camping in Mumbai's Powai hotel for unknown and as-yet-undisclosed reasons.
On Tuesday, Independent MLAs H Nagesh and R Shankar addressed the media in Mumbai and announcing support to Congress-JD(S) coalition.
Sources had told Republic TV that BJP will be sending party leaders including B S Yeddyurappa, K S Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar to meet the Congress MLAs in Karnataka and bring them to a 5-star resort in Haryana's Gurugram area, where Karnataka BJP leaders have been alleged kept in hidden by the party until further information in an attempt to shield them from 'poaching' allegations.
However, JDS chief Deve Gowda and Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy downplayed the entire incident. Senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar has accused the Karnataka CM of being 'lenient towards the BJP's horse trading overtures'.
Sources had also said that six BJP MLAs are in touch with JD(S), adding that once the MLAs come out of the resort in Gurugram, they will be contacted again by the party.
With the political turmoil going on in the state, we bring you an explainer on what is the unstable alliance in Karnataka and why is it relavant in the national context.
Watch the video above where Republic TV's Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy explains how coalitions are unsuitable for good governance and what makes a Majboot government and Majboor government.