karnataka BJP puts 'Operation Kamal' behind it to stay in power on its own in 2023

By M.K. Ashoka

Bengaluru, Jul 17 (IANS): The Bharatiya Janata Party's ambition of attaining power in south India still remains a distant dream. Though the saffron party has been successful in grabbing power through ‘Operation Kamal, so far all its attempts to gain a simple majority on its own in Karnataka have failed.

On two occasions, the BJP managed to get a majority in the 224- member legislative assembly in Karnataka by ensuring the collapse of the JD (S)-Congress coalition governments in 2008 and 2019. Former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who brought the party to power, was in the forefront of carrying out ‘Operation Kamal'.

On both occasions Yediyurappa successfully broke the opposition parties JD (S) and Congress, ensured the victory of candidates in re-elections and managed to attain a simple majority in the state.

However, political analysts and progressive thinkers dub "Operation Kamal" as unethical. It was introduced for the first time in the history of the state's politics.

The people voted for candidates who embraced the saffron party but did not give the BJP a clear mandate. The saffron party this time is strategising to obtain a clear mandate in the assembly elections without having to carry out "Operation Kamal".

The BJP emerged as the single largest party with 79 seats after the 2004 assembly elections. The Congress won 65 seats and the JD (S) won 58 seats. The JD (S) extended support to the Congress to form the government.

However, in January 2006, 42 JD (S) MLAs revolted under the leadership of former minister Kumaraswamy. The coalition government collapsed. Kumaraswamy forged an alliance with the BJP and became the Chief Minister of Karnataka and B.S. Yediyurappa took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.

The BJP was able to capture power for the first time in the south Indian state.

In 2008, the BJP managed to win 110 seats but fell short of a majority. It was able to form the government with the support of 6 independent MLAs. However, the BJP sacked the Independent MLAs later and managed to get a majority through 'Operation Kamal'.

In 2018, the BJP yet again emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats. The Congress won 78 and the JD (S) won 37 seats. To keep the BJP away from power Congress leaders went to the doorstep of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and extended unconditional support to the JD (S).

H.D. Kumaraswamy took oath as the CM of Karnataka. The swearing in ceremony was attended by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, New Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, BSP leader Mayawati, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, former Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Sitaram Yechury, Kamal Hassan, Ajit Singh, Tejashwi Yadav.

Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati sharing a stage was seen as a big development. The alliance seemed to pose a formidable front before the BJP alliance. However, the coalition could not survive for more than one year. The BJP taking advantage of the infighting in the Congress, managed to draw 16 MLAs to its side.

Darshan Jain, state joint secretary for the AAP in Karnataka, stated that "Operation Kamal or Lotus" is political terrorism unleashed on the country by the BJP. The party is becoming a direct threat to the Constitution and democracy. They started with poaching 5 MLAs, it went to 15, then 20 and now they have poached 47 MLAs in Maharashtra to form the government. In Goa the BJP purchased all 11 MLAs of the Congress, he added.

Though the people have given their mandate, majority governments have come under threat of being replaced. Senior RSS leader Ram Madhav stated that before 3 years the BJP will come to power in the country without even having to contest the polls. The only answer to this is development politics, said Darshan Jain.

In New Delhi in 2013, the BJP which had got 35 MLAs wanted 7 more to form the government. Though the party tried to break the Aam Aadmi Party, not a single MLA responded. In 2015 elections were held and the AAP got a thumping majority by winning 65 seats, said Jain.

The vote has to be given to the candidate who is honest and who stands for ideology. The Congress has not learnt this lesson even after the BJP hijacked its governments in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Goa. However, the BJP is not able to disturb AAP governments, Darshan Jain added.



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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Jul 18 2022

    Why do we have elections when SAHEB can buy anyone? If not money power then ED, CBI zindabad ! EVM on reserve if needed. Only thru lies, corruption, communal fights BJP will win

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 18 2022

    One day will come and we all will try to remember what is Kamala? Or who is this Kamala? Modi and Amith will be in history and no one will remember them, like Bin Laden.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 18 2022

    Karnataka voters or common citizens are also dumb, blind, corrupt and unethical as they openly support “Operation Kamal” knowing fully well that it is illegal, fraudulent and against the wishes of the voters.

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  • agnel, udupi

    Mon, Jul 18 2022

    BJP will succeed in retaining and furthering the captured governments through the EVM. Opposition takes it lightly and does not see much truth in manipulated and pre loaded EVMs. The machinery be it EC and the standing departments are completely under the influence and control of the standing governments in power of the day. If Ballot is held through Paper and with legal and democratic system there is very little the safron brigade can gain. People be it majority or Minority, be it city dwelling or farmers from the rural setup have very little love left for the brigade as all that one seas in caste, religion, blame game, communal debate, living in the mistakes of the past of the other party that did not do well for some time and that has only been amplified with little truth and vilification everyone can see through. should the brigade be interested in doing good, in nation building, and in bettering the lives of the common man there is absolute majority in the floor of the house and there is no need to blame the past, play religion and no need to play politics as opposition is long dead & gone. The mandate given in the 2nd term for better administration and uplifting the lives of citizens is plundered in squabbling and blame game politics. THE GOVERNEMT HAS FAILED AT EVERY LEVEL and DOUBLE ENGINES are pulling on different directions. common man wonders when will he get the due good governance promised, let alone various tall promises of 15 lacs, 2 cr jobs, black money, women safety, beti bachao, economic development, good foreign policy / relations, and many more promises.... NONE have been achieved and there is a total failure and Naliannas commitment to make 1 USD = 15 Rs. seem near, retaining walls are caving in, Circles are flooding and boats float on motorable roads, and we are busy ensuring EVMS are programmed and stored where necessary to show the exact number as predicted to be in power for 50 years and if not possible to horse trade to power.

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 18 2022

    ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ರಾಜಕೀಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾರ್ಟ್ ಕಣೆ ಹಣ್ಣ ಹೆಂಡ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಗಂಟು ಅನ್ನೇ ಮಂಗಗಳ್ಳ ಹಾರಾಟ ಅನ್ನೋಣವೇ ಯೆಡ್ಡಿ ಇಲ್ಲ ಬೊಮ್ಮೆ ಗುಂಟು ಮಣ್ಣೇ

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Sun, Jul 17 2022

    Yeah? Horse trading became expensive or is there a revolt happening within? Donkeys trading horses does not seem to be working out?

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Jul 17 2022

    Also, ensure that no EVM service ! People will teach you a right lesson of life. You have crossed all the constitutional values.

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  • Stany Lobo, Kulshekar

    Mon, Jul 18 2022

    Hope you will come down and vote!

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  • Babu Shenoy, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 17 2022

    With all this talk about coming out of the Operation Lotus mindset, BJP is still banking on that. In Goa even after winning a majority they want to buy Congress MLAs in order to eliminate any opposition in the legislature. And Congress had put up candidates of dubious loyalty to party principles. It is very certain that even in 2023 BJP will not be able to come to power unless they resort to buying MLAs from the rival camp.  So this talk about putting the operation Kamala behind is nothing but pure BS.

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