Kerala minister invites Ktaka Cong, JD(S) MLAs to Gods Own Country to avoid poaching

Kerala minister invites Ktaka Cong, JD(S) MLAs to Gods Own Country to avoid poaching


Kerala government had offered to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict- unwind in ‘Gods Own Country’.

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  • Civil Aviation Ministry official said any DGCA permission is not required for charter operations
  • Kerala government had offered to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs to ‘Gods Own Country’
  • Kerala Tourism had made the offer on Twitter

Kerala Tourism Minister, Kadakampally Surendran, invited Congress and JD(S) MLAs from Karnataka to “God’s Own Country” to avoid ‘horse-traders’, amid speculation that the newly-elected lawmakers may travel to Kochi to prevent any poaching bid.

The invitation followed unconfirmed media reports that the Congress and JD(S) MLAs were being moved to Kerala by bus after being denied permission by aviation regulator DGCA to use charter planes from an airport near Bangalore.

However, a Civil Aviation Ministry official said any DGCA permission is not required for charter operations within India.

“Heard news from different sources that the elected representatives of Karnataka are travelling to Kerala. As the tourism minister of the state, we are happy to welcome them and them, there won’t be any trouble of horse traders here! (sic),” Surendran tweeted from his unverified Twitter handle soon after reports surfaced about a possible Kerala shift of the MLAs.

Earlier on May 15, the Kerala government had offered to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict- unwind in ‘Gods Own Country’.

Kerala Tourism had made the offer on Twitter amid frantic efforts by the BJP, Congress and JD(S) to cobble up the numbers to form a government.

“After the rough and tumble of the Karnataka verdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe and beautiful resorts of Gods Own Country,” Kerala Tourism tweeted.

The tweet was, however, taken down later.

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