The Bharatiya Janata Party is dreaming big in Karnataka. It had lost power just by a handful of seats in the 2018 elections. The party did everything to win those crucial five MLAs to sustain its government that was already formed with Yeddyurappa as chief minister. But, the opposition remained united and the Congress played a trump card giving the chief minister seat to the Janata Dal (Secular) which had just 37 MLAs in the House. This was a major shock for the BJP it had to finally step down from the hot seat.
Since then, the BJP had been doing everything to topple the JDS-led coalition government in Karnataka. The resignation of 15 MLAs from the Congress and the JDS is the latest crisis that the BJP is believed to have created in its run for the top seat. The BJP had been playing a key role from the background and had even tried to use the Raj Bhavan to influence the Speaker.
The Assembly, which was to decide the trust vote, is finding it tough to keep the House in order and see if the government has the confidence or lost the confidence of the House. The BJP, which is keen on entering the south through Karnataka is leaving no stone unturned to topple the government and capture power in the State. It is also in favour of going for President’s Rule in the State as that would help, according to some leaders, the party wrest power in the next elections.
The BJP think-tank is busy making every possible calculation to test the peoples’ pulse there and make its next move. The party is confident of wresting power in this House with the resignation of the MLAs. If this doesn’t work in its favour, the party is planning for President’s Rule in the State using the Raj Bhavan and then go for elections after six months. It is to be seen what the BJP leadership decide once the Assembly meets on Monday for the trust vote