Karnataka, May 18: The Congress and the JDS, fearing the defection of its MLAs have now started to move out its MLAs. According to reports coming in, the Congress first tried to fly out its MLAs out of Karnataka, but the three chartered flight booked were denied permission. The Congress then started moving out its MLAs by bus.
Earlier, reports indicated that the MLAs will be taken to Kochi, Kerela. But now the reports say that the MLAs are being whisked away to Puducherry. Strangely, the two independent MLAs came out in support of Congress on Thursday but two Congress MLAs including Rajshekhar Reddy and Anand Singh another Congress MLA left the Eagleton hotel on the pretext of bad health. But reports claim that they may join and support BJP in the floor test.
#CORRECTION in #VISUALS: Bus carrying Congress MLAs seen leaving Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru where the MLAs were staying. Congress' Ramalinga Reddy claimed that after the police was withdrawn from outside the resort,BJP came inside & offered money to the MLAs #KarnatakaElections pic.twitter.com/QsknkWvTMM
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
On Wednesday, when the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala invited BS Yeddyurappa for the swearing-in ceremony on the basis of being the leader of the single largest party (the BJP won 104 seats, more than any other party), the Congress went to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra requesting urgent hearing in the Supreme Court for staying the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa. The Supreme Court constituted a three-judge bench to hear the case and the hearing began at 1.45 am in the night. The Supreme Court refused to put a stay order on the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa but told him to prove majority on the floor of the house. The Governor of Karnataka has given BS Yeddyurappa 15-days time to prove his majority.