Hours after Republic TV's sensational newsbreak of at least three Congress legislators allegedly camping at a hotel in Mumbai's Powai, sources have told that party leader D. K. Shivakumar has already left for Mumbai in an attempt to meet and speak to the leaders gone 'rebellious'.
Furthermore, sources 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.
Sources have also told that BJP chief Amit Shah will be meeting Karnataka BJP MLAs later in the night in Gurugram on Monday.
Amid the political development in the state, two Karnataka independent MLAs are going to meet the Governor on Tuesday.
Reportedly, the senior Congress hierarchy held a meeting earlier in the day to discuss what they are referring to as the BJP's 'Operation Kamala' - a nod to a political event from a decade earlier when the BJP had allegedly 'horse-traded' away a significant number of Congress MLAs.
While Congress leader DK Shivakumar confirmed Republic TV's newsbreak, he had however, denied that they were rebelling.
This development has come in the Congress party in the wake of the threats of resignation by Ramesh Jarkiholi, claiming support of several other MLAs, after he was dropped from the cabinet. The other MLAs who are suspected of being a part of this are Shivaram Hebbar, Umesh Jaadhav, Anand Singh, Nagendra and Ganesh.
Speaking in the matter, Karnataka CM and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said that the MLAs are in constant touch with him and that he had spoken to them at 7 am on Monday. Furthermore, Kumaraswamy claimed to know exactly who the BJP is in touch with, over the 'horse-trading' allegations that have been levelled against the latter party. He also questioned the number of MLAs that are said to be rebelling, suggesting that the number isn't as high as 15-18.
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