Even as the rising tensions in the state of Karnataka have led to several clashes between the BJP and the Congress party, it seems that the JD(S) legislators who have been staying in a private hotel in Bengaluru have found a way to keep themselves occupied.
The MLAs who are currently staying at Golfshire Club in Bengaluru took to doing yoga, according to reports by ANI. Photographs from the hotel show the MLAs in various asanas (yoga poses) in different groups, inside a large room with glass windows. They are dressed in casual attire with most wearing track pants and t-shirts and seem to be guided by a yoga instructor.
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According to reports, the legislators, who support the coalition government, are all currently staying at the hotel as per Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamyâ€™s plans. Initially, the JD(S) had booked rooms at Paddington resort in Madikeri which is a little over 200 kilometers in distance from Bengaluru.
This is happening at a time when the coalition government is being confronted by the possibility of falling. As of Wednesday, 16 MLAs from the coalition have submitted their resignations.
Earlier in the day, Congressâ€™s DK Shivakumar was detained by police in Mumbai after spending hours outside the Renaissance Hotel in Powai, in a last-ditch attempt to speak to rebelling coalition MLAs who were staying at the hotel. A few hours after this, Chikkaballapur MLA Sudhakar was mobbed by KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao and former minister Priyank Kharge after he had submitted his resignation letter at the Vidhana Soudha. Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj too had submitted a letter to Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who later stated that he had not officially accepted any resignations.
As of Wednesday, 16 MLAs have currently tendered their resignations in the state, bringing the Congress-JD(S) coalition governmentâ€™s number down to 101, while the BJP has 105 MLAs on its side.