As the Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy declared on Friday that he would seek a trust vote on the floor of the house and asked the Speaker to "fix a time", both BJP and JD(S)-Congress coalition have moved their lawmakers to resorts and luxury hotels to prevent poaching attempts from the opposite camps.
While the MLAs of the BJP are staying in the cosy comforts of a resort near Yelahanka and an ultra luxury hotel, the Congress has decided to move its lawmakers to Clarks Exotica Conventions Resorts in Bengaluru. The JDS has chosen the serene surroundings of Nandi Hill on the city outskirts. For the past three days, 30 MLAs of the JDS have been accommodated in the lush green resort spread over 275 acres. The rebel MLAs of both Congress and JD(S) have been staying at a five-star hotel in Mumbai.
The Congress-JDS coalition, which has been struggling to keep its flock intact since it came to power in May last year, is facing a collapse after 18 resignations over the last week. If the resignations are accepted, the ruling coalition will slip below the half-way mark and rival BJP will have a majority.
"I have decided to seek trust vote, please fix time for it," Mr Kumaraswamy said as the budget session began in the Vidhana Souda or state assembly on Friday morning. "I am ready for everything, I am not here to stick to power," added the Chief Minister, who had ruled out his resignation on Thursday.
The coalition on Friday won a reprieve till Tuesday as the Supreme Court said there would be no decision on the resignations until then. The Supreme court ruled after hour-long arguments involving lawyers representing the rebel lawmakers, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and Chief Minister Kumaraswamy.
The court has said until Tuesday, the Speaker cannot disqualify any legislator, nor accept any resignation.
Ten lawmakers met the Speaker last evening with blank papers and wrote their resignations again; their last letter was not in order, Mr Kumar said. Meanwhile, in a fresh attempt, five more rebel Congress MLAs including Roshan Baig also have also approached the Supreme Court.
The political situation in Karnataka is getting murkier day after day with more resignation, court battle, and luring attempts.