After the Congress party’s impressive victory in the Legislative Assembly elections three months ago, several dissenting opposition BJP MLAs who had previously defected from Congress to BJP are reportedly considering returning to the Congress in Karnataka.
This move, termed ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming), is believed to involve around four to five BJP MLAs, potentially boosting Congress’s prospects in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Notably, these MLAs played pivotal roles in the downfall of the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in 2019.
Among the speculated returnees, former Minister and Yeshwanthpur MLA S.T. Somashekar could be the first to switch sides, expressing admiration for KPCC chief and his ‘political guru’ during an inspection.
It is anticipated that approximately four MLAs may leave BJP to join Congress closer to the parliamentary elections. Shivaram Hebbar, Byrati Basavaraj, and K. Gopalaiah, all BJP MLAs who were part of ‘Operation Kamala’ and previously served as Ministers, are also considering moving to Congress.