- CM Siddaramaiah has been accused of being the architect behind the fracas by former CM B.S. Yediyurappa
- The accusation has been answered by Siddaramaiah with reference to BJP’s 2010 ploy of 'Operation Kamala'
This year’s Bollywood hit Airlift had a conscientious businessman as the protagonist. The real-life events playing out in Karnataka ahead of Rajya Sabha elections this weekend also featured an ‘airlift’, as it’s being called here, and the other key element, businessmen.
Elections to the Rajya Sabha—usually a quiet affair—have been roiled this time with sting operations by two TV channels suggesting that legislators were negotiating for cash or were being lured with funding promises. Then came the political ‘airlift’ of around 14 independent or small-party legislators to Mumbai which, claimed H.D. Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular), was the handiwork of Congress to keep numbers...