Politics, often known for its surprises, may spring another surprise. The buzz in Karnataka politics centers around ‘Operation Hasta’.
Potential Defection: ‘Operation Hasta’ Gaining Momentum
The term ‘Operation Hasta’, symbolic of the Congress’s hand symbol, is increasingly significant. It’s understood to be an endeavor to sway BJP leaders and legislators towards the Congress fold. This conjecture began swarming the state following a key meeting involving ex-minister and current BJP MLA, S T Somashekar.
S T Somashekar, who represents Yashwanthpur constituency in Bengaluru, met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah recently.
Somashekar has been in contact with Congress leaders lately. Adding fuel to the speculation, JD(S) leader Ayanur Manjunath held discussions with Deputy Chief Minister and Congress state chief DK Shivakumar.
Shivakumar, reacting to these exchanges, claimed that he meets many people, but refused to divulge the rationale behind these interactions.
There is an intriguing background to ‘Operation Hasta’. Apparently, it is a countermove to the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ in 2019. ‘Operation Lotus’ saw 17 Congress and JD(S) legislators jump ship to join the BJP, causing a significant political shakeup.
BJP’s ‘Operational’ Counter-Tactics
Concerned about the potential defection, the BJP has sprung into action. Keeping its flock together is paramount, and efforts are being made to placate disgruntled MLAs.
Ex-chief minister Basavaraj Bommai recently confirmed his interactions with BJP MLAs and ex-ministers, insisting that they have no plans of abandoning the party.
Given rise to ‘Operation Hasta’, BJP national general secretary CT Ravi fired a shot stating he knew how to “operate the palm.”
DK Shivakumar’s retort hinted at possible repercussions, emphasizing that any threatening stance could be mutually reciprocated.
It is clear that the political scenario in Karnataka has several intricacies, but the question remains: Will the speculated defection happen? And if so, what will be its repercussions on Karnataka politics? Only time will tell.