Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has claimed that Opposition BJP was continuing its Operation Lotus to topple the JDS-Congress government. Accusing BJP and its state president BS Yeddyurappa of offering a ‘gift’ to a legislator, he said the MLA informed him that he had rejected the gift.
“Operation Lotus is on. Yesterday night also they have telephoned a Congress legislator, asking him- where to send the gift, Kumaraswamy told reporters here. The Chief Minister’s allegation comes days after Yeddyurappa claimed that the BJP would not destabilise the ruling coalition.
Four Congress MLAs had skipped a crucial legislature party meeting on January 18, indicating all was not well within the party.
Operation Lotus refers to the BJP allegedly luring several Opposition MLAs to resign their assembly membership and defect and win the election on the saffron party ticket later in 2008.
In his media interaction on Friday, Kumarasamy said, “He (the legislator) has already informed me. The legislator has told them (BJP) that he doesn’t want their gift and to leave him alone.
It is not a small gift. From where it (gift) is coming to Yeddyurappa? As Chief Minister in 2008, he had made similar attempts… treating MLAs as commodities for sale, he has continued his work. It is his addiction, what can I do about it.”
Asked about the cost of the gift this time, he said, “It is hard to guess, you will be surprised,” but refused to elaborate.
Earlier, Yeddyurappa had said there was confusion within the Congress and the ruling alliance and their MLA and his party had nothing to do with it.
“…Let’s wait and watch _ what will happen because of their confusion within…we are not playing any game, they (Congress-JD(S) are playing the game, let’s wait and watch what will happen,” he said.
He said there was no necessity for anyone to indulge in resort politics and the BJP with the “support” of the two Independents now had a strength of 106 in the 224-member Assembly.
“We will be in the Opposition and do our duty. I have given this assurance publicly,” Yeddyurappa said.