No need for `Operation Lotus` to enhance strength: Yeddyurappa

Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa, who recently sailed through the second trust of confidence, on Saturday said that there was no need for `Operation Lotus` (to lure other parties` MLAs) to boost the strength of BJP in the Assembly.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2010, 21:11 PM IST

Mysore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, who recently sailed through the second trust of
confidence, on Saturday said that there was no need for `Operation
Lotus` (to lure other parties` MLAs) to boost the strength of
BJP in the Assembly.

The Chief Minister, who arrived here to participate in
the Dussehra celebrations, had won the trust vote on October
14 with 106 votes cast in favour of his government as against
100 by the Opposition.
BJP had the support of 105 MLAs and an Independent MLA,
while Congress had 73, JD(S) 27 in a House of 206.

Two MLAs -- Manappa Vajjal from BJP and M C Ashwath of
JD(S) -- were absent which brought down the effective strength
of the 224-member Assembly to 206.

However, the results of the vote of confidence is subject
to the Karnataka High Court ruling which is yet to decide the
fate of 16 MLAs, including five Independents, who were
disqualified under the anti-defection law by the Speaker.

The court has reserved orders on the BJP MLAs` plea for
quashing the Speaker`s orders, while it has adjourned hearing
on the plea of the Independent MLAs to Monday.

In the 224-member Assembly, BJP has a strength of 106,
Congress 73, JD(S) 28, Independent one and 16 vacancies caused
by the disqualification of 11 BJP and five independent MLAs.
Earlier, Yeddyurappa dismissed speculation over
appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister. "There is no question
of appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister during my tenure,"
he told the media in Bangalore.

There was speculations that mining barons and ministers
in the Yeddyurappa cabinet, the Reddy brothers were pressing
for a Deputy Chief Minister`s post

In the recent crisis, Janardhana Reddy had played a
mediator`s role in an attempt to win back dissident BJP MLAs
to the Yeddyurappa camp.

Under `Operation Lotus`, Yeddyurappa converted the status
of his then minority government into a comfortable majority
after roping in MLAs from JD(S) and Congress who gave up their
seats with most winning the by-elections.

PTI