Senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said that "after the police were withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside and offered money".
He also alleged that they have been constantly calling people on phone. In the evening, the security around the resort to prevent alleged attempts at poaching by BJP was withdrawn. Hours after B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in, the government also shifted T Ramesh, superintendent of police of Ramanagara district where the Eagleton Resort is located. Chikkamagaluru district superintendent of police K Annamalai has been appointed as SP of Ramanagara district.
Meanwhile, Congress and JD(S) are mulling to shift their MLAs out of Karnataka. "We have not yet decided where to go. Today late night we will decide where we have to go. There were several suggestions, one of them is to hold a protest in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan," HD Kumaraswamy said.
Observing the turn of events Rahul Gandhi Congress President said Atmosphere of fear in country, situation similar to Pakistan under dictatorship.
His remarks came hours after BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka. While the Congress-JD(S) combine in the state has been claiming a majority with the support of 117 MLAs, the BJP has 104 seats in the Assembly which has 224 elected members.
"The Constitution is under severe attack in the country... In Karnataka, the MLAs are on one side and the Governor on the other and you know what attempt is being made," Gandhi said.
"The JD(S) leader has said its MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore," the Congress president said, apparently referring to H D Kumaraswami who had made the allegation. Gandhi said, "One after another, you can see in every democratic institution in the country,..the RSS is trying to induct its people." He said, "There is fear in the judiciary, there is fear in the press, and even the BJP's members of Parliament are scared as they cannot speak a single word before the prime minister." In the last 70 years, it was generally seen that the people approached the judiciary for seeking justice, he said.
"But for the first time it was seen that four judges of the Supreme Court appeared before the press and sought support from the public, saying they were being suppressed and not allowed to perform their duties. "Such a thing was witnessed for the first time in a democratic country.
It definitely happens under dictatorships, it happens in Pakistan, it happens in different African countries, (where) a general comes and suppresses the court and the press. But in India, it has happened for the first time in last 70 years," Gandhi said.
He said his party's government would waive farmers' loans within 10 days of coming to power in 2019. Accusing the Modi government of considering farmers as a burden, he said the Congress considers them as its strength. "If the Narendra Modi government can waive loans of 15 to 20 rich industrialists worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore, why can't farmers' loans be waived?" he asked. "That amount is equivalent to Rs 35,000 crore that the UPA spent to implement the MNERGA scheme in the country," he said.
Amid the high political drama, the Supreme Court today will resume hearing on Congress and JD(S) plea regarding Karnataka Governor's decision to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government in their state.
The apex court will also hear senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani's petition to have an urgent hearing on the same.