Fearing the poaching, the Congress on Friday moved all its 77 MLAs in Karnataka to the Eagleton resort in the outskirts of Bengaluru.
Though the JDS-Congress coalition government is safe according to the current strength in Karnataka for time being, the party did not prefer to take any risks. In the crucial Congress Legislative Party meeting on Friday which started after a two-hour delay, only 75 of the 80 MLAs turned up.
While three MLAs including Ramesh Jarkiholi ignored the party whip, continuing their stay at a Mumbai hotel, one other “rebel” legislator Umesh Jadhav faxed a letter to CLP leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah seeking exemption from the meeting.
The 80th MLA of the Congress and Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar can cast his vote if there is a tie during voting in the Assembly. If these four MLAs resign, the HD Kumaraswamy government will have the support of 114 members in the Assembly, one clear of the majority mark.
Among the two independent MLAs who have withdrawn support to the government, Congress seems to have won back the support of Mulabagilu MLA Nagesh.