The BJP in Karnataka would face a crucial floor test tomorrow at 4 pm. The total strength of the House now is 221 and the magic number would be 111 since polls in two assemblies have been deferred and H D Kumaraswamy holds two seats.
The BJP has 104 seats and would need to touch the 111 mark to stay in power. Splitting the Congress and JD(S) would be impossible in the wake of the anti-defection law. The only other option remaining is to get the MLAs from the other side to either resign or abstain.
Sources say that getting the JD(S) MLAs to resign would be a tough option as the flock is together. Having being out of power for 10 years and sensing that they have a chance to be in power, it is unlikely that they may resign.
This makes the Congress the obvious target. The first target of the BJP would be to reduce the strength of the House. The BJP has been tapping various resources which includes the mutts. There are several Lingayat MLAs in the Congress who are the target of the BJP. They have been told that they could suffer electorally in the long run if they prevent Yeddyurappa, a Lingayat leader from becoming the CM.
The BJP is also confident that both the MLAs would jump ship. The MLAs are bound to back the side which is capable of forming the government.