With the Yeddyurappa government withdrawing police security at Eagleton resorts, the Congress and Janata Dal (S) have decided to shift their MLAs to Hyderabad to protect them from poaching by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
After their efforts to airlift their MLAs to a safe destination in Kochi was reportedly thwarted by the Civil Aviation Ministry, the two parties have chosen to camp in Hyderabad with their legislators.
As many as 74 MLAs of the Congress party and 38 JD(S) MLAs have reached the city in special buses and have been housed at a few star hotels. The Telangana Police have swung into action to provide strict security in the hotels.
While BJP won 104 seats, Congress secured 78 and JD (S) got 38 seats, resulting in a hung Assembly. With the BJP falling short of a simple majority, the Congress and JD (S), which have formed a post-poll alliance, have expressed comprehensions that their MLAs might be poached by the BJP. It is, however, not clear how long the MLAs will stay in Hyderabad.
B. S. Yeddyurappa had taken oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the third time on Thursday. But Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite him to form the government sparked protests by the Congress and JD (S). The Congress party has moved the Supreme Court to stall the Governor’s decision.