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Congress, JD(S) MLAs to stay in hotels till Kumaraswamy proves majority

Bengaluru: Congress, JD(S) MLAs along with two elected independent MLAs have been instructed to stay in hotels until JD(S) chief and designated Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy proves his majority in the floor test scheduled on May 24.

Earlier on Sunday, both the parties decided to send their MLA’s to there respective constituencies after the major political drama in Karnataka assembly which ended with BS Yeddyurappa resigning as the Chief Minister. The BJP leader was unable to prove majority in the crucial floor test ordered by the Supreme Court.

The post-poll alliance of Congress and JD(S) feared that BJP might poach their MLAs ahead of the floor test of HD Kumaraswamy which led to the change of decision to make the MLAs stay in hotels till Thursday. The parties also turned down the demand of the MLAs to allow them to visit their natives at least for a day.

KPCC president G Parameshwara told the media that “All our MLAs will stay put in hotels till the floor test is over. We are holding another round of meeting with MLAs on Monday.”

Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, Mallikarjun Kharge, D K Shivakumar and KC Venugopal took a brief meeting with their party MLAs on Sunday. “All decisions are being taken keeping 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind and you all should cooperate. BJP is still trying to lure our MLAs, so please be careful,” Shivakumar told MLAs.

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