New Delhi, May 21: Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Sunday explained how he managed to get the Congress flock together despite the alleged attempts by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to poach the MLAs. The Congress leader had managed to keep the support of the two ‘missing’ MLAs, who had allegedly been kidnapped by the BJP and were being pressurized into supporting BS Yeddyurappa in the floor test. The floor test, however, didn’t happen as Yeddyurappa, who took oath as the Karnataka CM on May 16, resigned from the post saying he failed to muster numbers to prove majority.
The two Congress MLAs — Pratap Gowda Patil and Anand Singh — had been missing since the day of the counting. The Congress had alleged that two MLAs were being held captive by the Bharatiya Janata Party. The two leaders hadn’t even appeared for the assembly on Saturday. They were later traced to Bengaluru’s Goldfinch hotel. Upon their arrival, the two were given a warm welcome by the party members for ignoring all the temptations.
DK Shivakumar told NDTV that he had been in constant touch with Pratap Gowda Patil and Anand Singh. He said that even though the two MLAs were taken away by the BJP, he kept in their contact through his resources. On being asked if the BJP had really abducted the two leaders, DK Shivakumar said that there was nothing secret in it. “I brought them back. There was nothing secret in it… they (the BJP) were playing politics, we also played some politics,” he said. (Also Read: Kumaraswamy to take Oath as K’taka CM on May 23)
It is not the first time Shivakumar had proved to be a saver for the Congress party. He had earlier helped Vilasrao Deshmukh government in Maharashtra in 2002 and then senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel during the Rajya Sabha elections.
On Saturday, BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of state, resigned from the post ahead of the crucial Karnataka floor test to prove the majority. In an unusually emotional speech, Yeddyurappa said that he failed to muster the numbers. Before announcing his resignation, the BJP leader said, “I will lose nothing if I lose power, my life is for the people.”
Attacking the Congress and JD(S) for their “unholy” alliance, Yeddyurappa said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. “BJP is the single largest party and that’s why the Governor gave us the opportunity to form the government. The mandate wasn’t for Congress or JD(S) I will serve people till my last breath.”