'Operation Lotus' plunges Karnataka into crisis
BENGALURU/MYSURU: An intense political drama is unfolding in with BJP shifting all its 104 MLAs to the National Capital Region over the last two days even as CM HD Kumaraswamy alleged that as part of ' Operation Lotus 3:0', the opposition party was conspiring to poach Congress-JD(S) MLAs to dislodge his government. The BJP MLAs were scheduled to meet party chief in Delhi on Sunday and return to Bengaluru on Monday.

But in an attempt to keep the flock together and thwart any counter-action by Congress-JD(S), they were on Monday shifted to ITC Grand Bharat in Hasanpur Tauru in Nuh district adjoining Gurgaon. The BJP MLAs will now miss the Sankranti fervour as their stay in the NCR has been indefinitely extended. 'Operation Lotus' refers to BJP's successful poaching of MLAs from other parties during BS Yeddyurappa's first stint as CM.

A senior MLA who is in Yeddyurappa's inner circle claimed the party has already enlisted the support of 12 Congress MLAs and is waiting for the support of another four to five legislators. "This time, you will see some result," he said, expressing confidence that BJP will succeed in either forming its government or forcing a midterm assembly election along with the Lok Sabha polls.