Chill in Gods Own Country: Kerala govt to Karnataka MLAs

Karnataka Election Results 2018 Live: A Dramatic Day Ends With BJP, And Congress-JD(S) Alliance Fighting To Form Government

The since-deleted tweet, which invited all Karnataka MLAs to unwind at the "safe" and attractive resorts of Kerala, appeared to be tongue-in-cheek at first glance.

A day after inviting Karnataka MLAs "to unwind" at the resorts of the state, the Kerala tourism department has deleted the tweet on Wednesday.

Many referred to the tweet as "trolling of Karnataka MLAs by Kerala Tourism". The Kerala Tourism department had extended the invitation through its official twitter handle.

However, it may not just have been merely a marketing strategy to sell Kerala's beaches and hills in Karnataka, a state which made "resort" politics a staple in India's history.

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As per latest counting results of 207 seats have been declared in which BJP has won 95 seats while Congress has been able to retain 73 seats, JD (S) has secured 37 seats while two others have also won.

The Congress party in Karnataka too had previously taken independent MLA candidates to a hotel in Mumbai in 2016 to keep them from defecting to the BJP before the Rajya Sabha polls, though the candidates were brought back after much condemnation of the same.

Resort politics have always been a part of Karnataka's political history, going as far back as 1984 when former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao brought MLAs of the Telugu Desam Party to Karnataka during a political rift.

The tweet form Kerala Tourism comes after high voltage drama unfolded with both the BJP and the JD (S)-Congress alliance claiming their right to form the government after Karnataka gave a fractured verdict in the Assembly elections. Now that the political situation is precariously poised in Karnataka, there are talks that the BJP may approach the JD (S) and Congress MLAs, and cajole them to switch sides.

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