As the state of Karnataka looms into a political crisis, there is a 5 star crisis that is also developing in the state. As Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy arrives, he is all set to meet his party MLAs at the Taj West End Hotel. At the other side, the BJP state unit has booked 30 rooms for two days in Ramada Hotel on Doddaballapur Road in Bengaluru for their MLAs.
In yet another development, GT Devegowda of the JDS said that if the coordination committee decides that Siddaramaiah should be the CM then the JD(S) will have no objection to it. He added that the Congress is making efforts to save the coalition govt. He also said that Congress has urged senior members of cabinet to resign so that way can be made for others. In what may be called a political crisis for power,the fate of Karnataka's political scenario will be judged after the meeting of JD(S).
Earlier on July 6, newly resigned MLAs have issued their first statement with former JD(S) state president H.Vishwanath saying that 14 MLAs have resigned as they have lost faith in the current government, dispelling rumours of 'Operation Lotus'. The current turmoil started when three JD(S) and five Congress MLAs handed over their resignation to the state Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar in Bengaluru, throwing the already tottering coalition government into jeopardy.
The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 115 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 105 seats. With the exodus of 13 MLAs from the JD(S)- Congress coalition, then the JD(S)-Congress combination gets reduced to 102 MLAs, falling short of BJP's 105 MLAs. But this excludes the BSP's 1 MLA and 2 Independent MLAs. With the reduced number of seats, the halfway mark has also been reduced to 105 with both BJP and the current government JD(S)-Congress-BSP) possess 105 seats.
While the BJP government may have the numbers to conduct a trust vote on the Assembly, they do not have the numbers to pull down the government which may continue as a minority government. Sources have reported that BJP may wait for the by-polls to assess the party's chances better.