The Hush Post: Karnataka JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has directly accused the BJP of horse-trading.
Kumaraswamy has said the party had offered JD(S) legislators Rs 100 crore and cabinet positions to join the BJP ranks.
“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?” Kumaraswamy said at a press conference.
Meanwhile, the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar rejected Kumaraswamy’s charge.
The three main parties — the BJP, Congress and JD(S) have convened legislative party meetings today.
In the BJP camp, the newly-elected Karnataka BJP legislators formally elected BS Yedyurappa as the legislative party leader.
JD(S) MLAs have chosen state unit chief HD Kumaraswamy as legislative party leader. However, as per the ANI reports, the two legislators namely Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda, were missing from the party meeting.
On the other hand, Yeddyurappa, who is BJP’s nominee for CM’s post, met Governor Vajubhai Vala and sought his permission to allow the BJP to form next government in the state.
Reacting to reports of MLAs going missing, Congress leader Siddaramaiah, who resigned as CM, said all his legislators were with him. “All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government,” he said before heading to the Congress party meeting at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office.
With the Karnataka assembly polls throwing up a hung verdict, the BJP with 104 seats has fallen short of the half-way mark of 112.
The Congress-JD(S) combine moved quickly even as the counting of votes was underway yesterday and requested the governor to allow formation of a JD(S)-led government. The two parties together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.
With no time to lose, the BJP, too, staked claim to form the government while accusing the Congress of trying to grab power using unfair means.
All eyes are now on Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, former RSS man from Gujarat known to have a good rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.