Karnataka BJP MLAs staying at a resort in Gurugram for the past week have been told to return to the state on Saturday.
The decision was confirmed by former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. All 104 BJP MLAs from the state have been staying at ITC Grand Bharat resort in Gurugram since January 14 after taking part in a meeting with the BJP's central leadership in New Delhi.
"Leader of the Opposition BS Yeddyurappa has told all MLAs to return to the state from Delhi immediately," reads the press note by S Shantaram, BJP spokesperson from the state.
BS Yeddyurappa had earlier left the resort to check on the health of 111-year Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swamy in Tumakuru but immediately returned following the visit.
"It is not true that we are causing a threat to the Congress-JD(S) coalition. Our MLAs are together and our intention is to win 20 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka and we are making preparations for it", Yeddyurappa told reporters on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, Congress in Karnataka convened an emergency meeting to discuss recent political developments, particularly the BJP's attempts to sway their MLAs away and gain power in the state. Four MLAs failed to turn up at the meeting - Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli, Umesh Jadhav and B Nagendra. The party will issue notices to them and seek an explanation for their absence.
Following the meeting, Congress MLAs were taken to the Eagleton resort in Ramanagara.
The threat to the JD(S)-Congress coalition government emerged on Tuesday after two independent MLAs withdrew their support to the government. The BJP MLAs along with the two independent MLAs account for 106 seats in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition currently has the support of 118 legislators. However, the party's leadership fears that the number could come down and put the government in trouble if the BJP manages to convince their MLAs to switch sides.