Bengaluru: There is high pitch battle goingon in Karnataka after Congress and JD(S) announced to form coalition government after BJP couldn’t reach the half mark in Karnataka Assembly elections with the BJP scoring 104 seats, Congress 78 and JD(S) winning 37 seats.
In a dramatic turn of events, the Congress offered unconditional support to the JD(S), which was duly accepted by the party chief H.D. Kumaraswamy.
Meanwhile, the BJP has also staked claim to form the government, even though it is eight seats short of the majority.
‘BJP offered our MLAs 100 crores cash’
JD(S) state President H.D Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crores to some of its party members.
JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/d157SS30E5
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
Speaking at the Janata Dal Legislative Party meeting, Mr. Kumaraswamy warned the BJP that if it tried ‘Operation Kamala’ once more it would boomerang on itself.
“If the BJP indulges in horse trading I will not sit quiet. I am not a Sanyasi to keep quiet and watch the proceedings,” he said.
“I would like to tell the Governor that he should not allow horse trading,” he said.
Mr. Kumaraswamy downplayed the criticism by the Congress in the run-up to the polls. “It is natural in politics. Wasn’t Yeddyurappa once a bitter critic of the BJP.. and now its CM candidate?”
Meanwhile Congress Party leader MB Patil claimed that six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were in touch with his party.
“We are all together. All this (Congress and JD (S) leaders changing sides) is false news. In fact, there are six BJP people who are in touch with us,” Patil told media here.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA NA Harris accused the BJP of doing “bad politics”, and added that the grand old party would not stoop down to that level.
“We have to protect the verdict of the people. They (BJP) are doing bad politics. We don’t have to stoop down to their level. We are 118 in number; we don’t want anyone,” he said, adding that he was not called to any resort, against reports stating otherwise.
With PTI inputs