Bengaluru: While his party general secretary Danish Ali joined Mayawati’s outfit on Saturday, by evening, JD(S) leader Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was explaining away the development.

Taking to Twitter, Kumaraswamy said it was an arrangement with the Bahujan Samaj Party to win most seats in the Lok Sabha elections around the corner.  “Danish Ali, the JDS General Secretary, has joined BSP in consent with me and our national president Sri HD Devegowda in a purely political arrangement between the two parties. It is a thoughtful political decision taken by JDS and BSP to win more seats in the Lok Sabha elections,” he tweeted.

While Kumaraswamy’s remark seemed more like a face-saving measure, earlier in the day, Ali had said he had taken JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda’s blessings and permission. Interestingly, till recently, Ali was involved in alliance negotiations with the Congress.

Addressing the media in Lucknow after being officially welcomed into the BSP, Ali had said, “JD(S) does not have a large organizational structure in Uttar Pradesh. Despite all my efforts, I could not have raised it in my janmabhoomi (motherland), my karmabhoomi (terrain of labour)…”

Elaborating on his decision, he had said, “The way there is a threat to the Constitution today, it is has become essential to use our energy with a strong leadership.”

“I never asked for anything even when I was in JD(S), it was up to Deve Gowda ji to decide what work to assign me. I have come here after taking his permission and blessings… Will work whatever Behenji assigns me,” he had added.

Ali’s exit from JD(S) could serve a blow to the Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka. He is believed to have been instrumental in helping forge the Congress-JD(S) alliance when Karnataka had a fractured mandate in Assembly elections last year.