Bengaluru, June 30: Amid the differences cropping up within the JD(S)-Congress alliance in Karnataka, the state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa on Friday claimed that many legislators are ready to join his party. Addressing the BJP state executive meet here, the leader of the opposition termed the JD(S)-Congress alliance “unholy” and the budget, scheduled to be present on July 5 as “minority budget”.

The former CM also asked his party leaders to work towards ensuring BJP wins 25 of the state’s 28 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 polls and “lure” the Karnataka MLAs towards the party. He added that the party is still hopeful of coming to power before Kumaraswamy‘s five-year term as CM gets over.

“Several Congress and JD(S) leaders are ready to join the BJP in the current political situation. I appeal to leaders to work towards strengthening the party by bringing in honest and capable people without thinking that new inductees would affect their own chances,” he said.

The former CM said that the people of Karnataka expect the BJP to still come to power as the mandate in the state assembly elections was given to them.

“…and with the intent of strengthening the party and propel prime minister Narendra Modi back to power in 2019 I urge the party leaders to go to the homes of those who are unhappy with the alliance and bring them to the BJP. We welcome all those who care about Karnataka and nation’s development,” Yeddyurappa said.

Earlier too, when there was widespread dissatisfaction in both Congress and JD(S) following the cabinet expansion, Yeddyurappa had claimed that several “disgruntled” leaders from the ruling coalition were eager to join his party. Before the Karnataka Assembly polls 2018, Yeddyurappa had sparked a controversy by asking party men to “tie up people” and bring them to the polling booth to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Don’t rest now. If you think that somebody isn’t voting, go to their homes, tie up their hands & legs & bring them to vote in favour of Mahantesh Doddagoudar (BJP candidate from Kittur),” ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.