Kerala Tourism department's cheeky take on Karnataka's impending resort politics?

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

The BJP emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka with the Congress coming second and the JD (S) a distant third.

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

Karnataka is firmly headed towards another round of "resort politics" - and while many are unsure how the results would go even hours after counting started on Tuesday, Kerala Tourism used the unfolding events to promote state tourism in a humorous manner.

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 attractive resorts.

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. When it was clear that the BJP was struggling to reach the half-way mark, the Congress reached out to JD (S) leader and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and agreed that his son Kumaraswamy would be the Chief Minister of a coalition government. Ironically, a resort in Bengaluru hosted Congress MLAs from Gujarat in the run-up to a bitterly fought Rajya Sabha election in 2017. However, BJP got an opportunity to meet the Karnataka Governor ahead of them and they staked the claim to form the government and said will prove majority on the Assembly floor. The word "safe" in the Kerala Tourism tweet may have deeper political symbolism than most would think!

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.

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