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Amidst Horse-Trading Reports In Karnataka, Congress And JD(S) MLAs Taken To Hyderabad

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| May 18 , 2018 , 10:53 IST

Amidst reports of horse-trading in Karnataka, that BJP was attempting to draw MLAs to its ranks so as to increase its number from 104 and maintain its controversial government, Congress and JD(S) MLAs have been taken to a resort in Hyderabad overnight on Thursday.

A total of 116 Karnataka lawmakers, from the Congress and Janata Dal Secular (JDS) were attempting to be removed from Bengaluru, however when they were not granted flight permission, they were taken in multiple busses to Hyderabad in secrecy, leaving on Thursday late night. For added security, the buses they were travelling in were also switched.

"We didn't get permission...The airline operators refused," said Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who organized the bus trip to Hyderabad.

"MLAs who were staying at Bengaluru resort received threats, we wanted to take them to Kerala by air but permission was not granted, ultimately they had to travel by road. Is this democracy? No one trusts Constitution anymore, people have faith only in judiciary," said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Hyderabad.

The security of the Congress-JD(S) MLAs gained more importance after Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to become chief minister and form government, giving the BJP 15 days to prove majority. The swearing-in of Yeddyurappa took place on Thursday, and the clock started ticking for the single largest party BJP to secure 8 more seats to maintain the government.

Congress-JD(S) MLAs earlier claimed that they were being lured by the BJP with offers of bribe of Rs 100 crore and offers of being given their own ministries. Although the JD(S) had not formed any alliances before the release of the Karnataka election results, after the results they agreed to an alliance with Congress party.