New Delhi: Senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Monday accused Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy of doing horse-trading in the state. His remark came after Karnataka Water Resources Minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar had alleged that there was a “serious conspiracy” of the BJP party to woo MLAs from the ruling combine.
Talking to news agency ANI, former Karnataka CM said, “Despite being the CM of Karnataka, he is doing horse-trading, he promised money and ministership to our Kalaburgi MLA, that’s why we are here showing unity.”
Shivakumar reportedly stated that the MLAs themselves have alleged of the overtures being made to them. He had alleged that three Congress MLAs were camping in a hotel in Mumbai in the company of some BJP MLAs and leaders.
Shivakumar had said, “Attempts at horse-trading are real. The BJP leaders have said there will be a change after Sankranti. But the government will be stable.”
Meanwhile, BS Yeddyurappa along with other party MLAs have come to Delhi to discuss Lok Sabha elections and the ongoing political developments in the state.
Shivakumar, who had earned the reputation of being a “trouble-shooter” in the Congress for bailing out the party from many crises in the past, accused Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of being “lenient” towards the BJP.
Last year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in Karnataka Assembly elections. But the Congress and the JD(S) forged a post-poll alliance. The JD-S (36) and Congress (78) alliance has 117 members in the House. In the 224-member Assembly, which currently has 222 members, Kumaraswamy has 6 more than the required 111 halfway mark.