Congress keeps its flock together

The senior Congress leaders have put up their MLAs in a resort in Bangalore from morning to evening on Thursday. Late in the evening they moved to a resort in Pune. Nearly 60 MLAs took a special flight to Pune. They are going to stay put in Pune till October 10 or 11.

The Congress’ one and only aim now is to maintain its strength of 73 in the Legislative Assembly. In 2008 it had 80. It lost five MLAs to Operation Lotus. KPCC President R V Deshpande and Working President D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah said that the BJP has been in touch with some of the Congress MLAs and making efforts to lure them to vote in favour of the BJP during the trust vote motion.

“From our past experiences, we know that BJP leaders can go to any extent to save their government. We do not want to give room for such a situation”, they said.

The Congress Legislature Party met in the hotel and resolved that the party’s priority should be to keep the numbers intact. The meeting did not discuss the strategies to form an alternative government in case the BJP government falls.

Deshpande said that the issue of either joining hands with the JD(S) or forming an alternative government was not discussed at the meeting. The party high command would take a decision on that.

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