Elections always bring some drama along with them and Karnataka is no different. After accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to poach its MLAs, the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) and the Congress hatched a plan to protect their own. The parties ferried their MLAs out of Karnataka on a bus. This move was noticed just before the Supreme Court’s hearing on the government formation in Karnataka.
Reports say the MLAs were being taken to Hyderabad where they will be residing at the Park Hyatt hotel where the security has been heightened. According to ANI, the MLAs got off a bus near a toll booth on the Hyderabad highway and then boarded another sleeper bus which was headed to the city.
The Congress and JD(S) had moved a petition to the SC that challenged the governor’s decision to call in BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP to form the new government in the state. Both parties also alleged that planes were denied permission through the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). DGCA told the Indian Express that permissions are not required to operate charter planes in India.