The Congress party in Karnataka too had previously taken independent MLA candidates to a hotel in Mumbai in 2016 to keep them from defecting to the BJP before the Rajya Sabha polls, though the candidates were brought back after much condemnation of the same. Karnataka election results show BJP falls short of 112 majority mark despite being the single largest party.
A senior Tourism Department officer said the tweet was part of a campaign titled '#ComeOutAndPlay' to promote Kerala and it had nothing to do with the emerging political situation in Karnataka.
"After the rough and tumble of the #KarnatakaVerdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe and lovely resorts of God's Own Country", Kerala Tourism tweeted, with the hashtags Karnataka verdict and 'Come Out And Play.' A photo of a stunning backwater resort in Kerala accompanied the tweet.
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.
Kerala Tourism humorously made the offer on Twitter amid frantic efforts by the BJP, Congress and JD (S) to cobble up the numbers to form the government.
Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat a year ago, the Congress flew its MLAs from the state to a five-star resort in Karnataka capital Bengaluru. An all-party meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought the opinion of various parties and they conveyed their opinion to cooperate with the state for exempting the tourism sector from hartals. The word "safe" in the Kerala Tourism tweet may have deeper political symbolism than most would think!
Both the BJP and the Congress-Janata Dal Secular have staked claim to form the government in Karnataka.