Operation Lotus, if successful, may boomerang on Karnataka BJP, finds PSE poll

More than one-third of Karnataka voters would blame the BJP if the state’s coalition government fell prematurely, India Today TV’s Political Stock Exchange shows.

Thirty-six percent of the respondents would hold the saffron party responsible, 27 percent the Congress and 13 percent the JD(S), if chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s seven-month government was dislodged, according to the PSE based on representative sampling across Karnataka’s demography and geography.
The survey, conducted by Axis My-India on January 16-17 with a sample size of 1,902, comes in the middle of what is now called Operation Lotus — a code name for the BJP’s alleged attempts to topple Karnataka’s Congress-JD(S) government.

The state’s political drama entered its fifth day on Friday with the Congress stepping up efforts to quell dissidence.

The party moved 76 of its 80 MLAs to a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru and issued a show cause to two others missing Friday’s meeting of its legislative group. Of the remainder two, one was not able to attend because of a court hearing and the other reported sick, party sources said.KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted that the Congress MLAs would devise a “counter-strategy” against the “destructive force BJP head on”.

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Around 62 percent of respondents favoured dissolution of the state assembly and fresh state elections along with the Lok Sabha polls. Twenty-five percent disagreed with the idea.

At the same time, Kumaraswamy emerged as the most preferred chief minister with 36 percent rating his governance as the best. He is closely followed by the BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa at 34 percent.