As the battle to form government in Karnataka heats up, the Kerala Tourism through a tweet (now deleted) made an offer to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict to cool-off in Gods Own Country! "#ComeOutAndPlay", Kerala Tourism tweeted from their official Twitter handle on Tuesday.
The high possibility of resort politics in Karnataka remains even as the JD (S) officially denies it, with media reports on Wednesday claiming the party may send its MLAs to Kochi to prevent them from being "poached" by the BJP.
Soon after the declaration of Assembly election results in Karnataka, the Tourism Department of Kerala on Tuesday invited MLAs from the neighbouring state for a "safe stay" in its lovely resorts.More news: Battlefield V name confirmed as EA sets May 23 reveal
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.
Both the BJP and the Congress-Janata Dal Secular have staked claim to form the government in Karnataka.
Till the filing of the story on Tuesday the tweet had got 5515 retweets and 9041 likes.More news: TV Producer Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes & Burns 80% Of His Body
It could not be ascertained if Union tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam, who belongs to Kerala, was behind the tweet, which went viral on the micro-blogging site. Following the fractured mandate "resort-politics" and "horse-trading" were back in political discussions in the state.
Karnataka witnessed a dramatic contest between the Congress and the BJP as votes cast in elections on Saturday were counted this morning. 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.More news: 'Shenmue III' delayed, Shen-moves to a 2019 release window