Bangalore: It is back to `resort-politics` in
Karnataka as the ruling BJP and the Opposition try to keep
their flock intact ahead of the crucial October 11 confidence
motion as rival parties level allegations of horse-trading
The BJP, facing trouble after 18 MLAs withdrew support to
the Yeddyurappa-led government yesterday, has whisked away all
its loyalists to the Golden Palm Spa and Resort on the city
For the BJP rebels, it has also been a case of hopping
from city-to-city -- initially operating out of a star hotel
in Chennai and then moving to Kochi and later to Goa via
The Congress, on its part, is taking no chances and is
keeping its legislators together in a resort near Devanahally
on the city outskirts.
The JDS, though putting up a brave front that its group
of 28 legislators is like "diamond" and nobody can "cut
them", is keeping a close watch on them and its relative lower
strength in the Assembly is making its task easier, compared
to the BJP and the Congress.
Last year, `resort politics` was on view with Tourism
Minister Janardhana Reddy leading the dissident campaign
against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. However, the high
command stepped in to defuse the crisis.
In the 224-member Assembly, the BJP has a strength of 117
including Speaker,Congress 73, JDS 28, and Independents six.