More than the failure to manage the numbers, the BJP leadership on Saturday appeared to be worried that the Karnataka jolt would motivate various Opposition parties to rally with the aim of defeating Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
A stressed Supreme Court sighed in relief after three consecutive days of extraordinary hearings on the Karnataka crisis when it heard on Saturday that local TV channels would be beaming the afternoon floor test, which eventually didn't take place.
BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa did not merely announce his resignation during his speech in the Assembly on Saturday but he used the occasion to signal the launch of the campaign for the 2019 general election.
The Congress on Saturday released an audio clip in which the purported voice of three-day chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is heard luring its legislators with money and cabinet berths, and the BJP leader later conceded: "It's true I spoke to some people to ask them to vote according to their conscience."