Kerala tourism invites MLAs to relax at resorts

D.K. Shivakumar

D.K. Shivakumar

The tongue-in-cheek offer came as the Karnataka verdict threw up a hung assembly, leaving political parties scrambling to make up numbers for a majority.

Karnataka witnessed a dramatic contest between the Congress and the BJP as votes cast in elections on Saturday were counted this morning.

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Meanwhile, the state government has made a decision to exempt the tourism sector from the purview of the frequent hartals being called in the state. In an official tweet soon after the election results, the Kerala Tourism Department said, "After the rough and tumble of the #KarnatakaVerdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe and lovely resorts of God's Own Country". In comments, many suggested Kerala Tourism was "trolling" Karnataka's MLAs. The tweet went viral in a matter of hours as Karnataka is familiar with the term "resort politics", in which the BJP had kept its around 80 legislators in a luxury resort on the outskirts of Bangalore in 2010 in an effort to keep its flock together ahead of the floor test scheduled. Lawmakers of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK vacationed twice a year ago at resorts as the party navigated splits and mergers.

Rumours of "resort politics" emerged on Tuesday evening after news of the Congress party giving its full support to the JD (S) to form the government. Keeping that in mind, neighbouring state Kerala took a dig at MLAs from Karnataka. With no party reaching the magic mark of 112 - not even the BJP, which is the single largest party - to form government, the next few days are set to be busy and chaotic. "Now the all is in the Governor's court", he said.

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