Bengaluru, Jan 17 (PTI) Hitting out at the BJP for making “futile attempts” to destabilise his government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Thursday accused the saffron party of keeping its MLAs in “confinement” at a hotel in Gurugram. Also Read - 'Sneeze And Spread The Virus': Infosys Employee Sacked, Arrested For Facebook Post

Grappling with the political turmoil triggered by reports that the BJP was luring Congress MLAs, Kumaraswamy rejected a charge by the saffron party that he was trying to poach their lawmakers. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown

“Some people tried to misuse you (the media) in spreading a feeling that on January 15 there would be some-kranthi (revolution).I feel instead of doing some-kranthi they have done some-branti (illusion) to themselves,” Kumaraswamy said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Third Death in Karnataka, Man With no Recent Foreign Travel History Dies

Kumaraswamy was referring to reports about alleged claims in BJP that there would be “some kranthi (revolution)” by ‘Sankranthi’ on January 15, the festival of harvests in Karnataka, to suggest that the government would fall.

Speaking to reporters here, Kumaraswamy said BJP state president Yeddyurappa making repeated claims that Congress-JD(S) leaders, especially the Chief Minister, was luringhis party MLAs, was “surprising” for him.

“They are making all kinds of futile attempts (to destabilise the government)…,” he said.

The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and BJP have accused each other of trying to lure the MLAs.

Hitting out at Yeddyurappa for criticising his foreignvisit along with family on New Year’s eve when the state was reeling under drought, Kumaraswamy asked the BJP president about his party MLAs now spending time at a five star hotel.

Yeddyurappa had spoken with anger asthough only he was concerned about the farmers and difficulties of the people, he said.

“Is Yeddyurappa and party taking stock of the drought situation in Gurugram, sitting at the hotel? Has the situation in Karnataka improved now?” he asked.

The Chief Minister flayed Yeddyurappa forallegedly confining BJP MLAs at a hotel, while pointing out that the ruling coalition legislators were free.

“I am surprised when you (Yeddyurappa) criticise theCongress and JD(S) for their inability to keep MLAs together..but, you have kept your MLAs in confinement at a hotel, are there differences between you and your MLAs? We have not kept any of our MLAs in confinement, we have left them free,” Kumaraswamy said.

“You (BJP) are doing everything (trying to poach MLAs), but now blaming us, if you feel that people will accept whatever you say, you are wrong. Peoplewill give answer to BJP leaders at the right time,” he added.PTI KSU RA BN TVS BN BN

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.