Dev Gowda’s Janta Dal (Secular) Karnataka unit chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday alleged that BJP was trying to poach his party’s lawmakers by offering them Rs 100 crore and the lure of a cabinet post in the state government.
Addressing the media after being elected legislature party chief at a high-profile meeting, Kumaraswamy questioned the huge sum offered by the saffron party to form the government.
He spoke, “JD(S) MLAs are bein 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?”
Kumaraswamy is expected to be the next chief minister of Karnataka with Congress-JDS alliance said that if BJP attempted a reprise of ‘Operational kamal’ to power its way to a majority, it would have to suffer the consequences.
Operation Kamal refers to the 2008 assembly polls in Karnataka, when the BJP emerged as the single largest party but could not cross the halfway mark. The BJP allegedly engineered the defection of 4 JD(S) and 3 Congress MLAs and successfully staked claim to form the government in the state. Those who defected from their parties were allegedly promised huge rewards, re-elections and important posts in government bodies.
58-year-old Kumaraswamy said spoke about his father, JD (S) chief and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, to explain why he had allied with the Congress.
“There’s a black spot on my father’s career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005 . Now, God has given me an opportunity to remove this black spot, therefore, I am going with the Congress,” he told the media.
Kumaraswamy said the alliance has a “clear majority” with the support of 116 MLAs. “Without the numbers, how can they (BJP) form the government?” he asked.
BJP emerged as the single largest party after election results were declared. Even though they have 104 seats, they 8 seat sort of the magic number to form the government.