New Delhi: Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal has claimed that several BJP legislators would ‘naturally’ join his party after May 23 once the Lok Sabha election results are announced. Further, he dismissed speculations about the longevity of the coalition government in Karnataka.

Venugopal told the reporters in Kalburagi on Monday, “How can they (BJP) destabilise the Karnataka government after May 23? We are not going to poach any MLAs from the BJP, but naturally, they will come to the Congress after May 23. Naturally, that is going to happen.”

The results of the seven-phase general elections will be declared on May 23. “We are very much confident that in the parliamentary election, there will be a government at the Centre under the leadership of the Indian National Congress. The people of the country are now very much for a change and that will happen on May 23,” said Venugopal.

He stated that Karnataka had been witnessing horse-trading mentality of BJP in the last 1 year. “On the other hand, the Congress and JD(S) have joined together,” he said, adding, “We formed the government, we are ruling the state from last 1 year. We will definitely continue.” He also exuded confidence about the formation of a Congress-led government at the Centre.

This statement comes a day after Congress leader and minister B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan said that state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa was “daydreaming” about coming to power and claimed that around 10 saffron party MLAs were in touch with his party.

Yeddyurappa had recently said the longevity of the state government would depend on the stand taken by about 20 “disgruntled” Congress legislators after the Lok Sabha election results.

There are already discussions within political circles that any adverse results for the Congress-JD(S) coalition in the Lok Sabha polls would have its implications on the state government.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and JD(S) leaders, including its state chief A H Vishwanath, are upset over a few Congress legislators, including ministers, clamouring for CLP leader Siddaramaiah becoming chief minister again, triggering a slugfest between the two parties.

(With agency inputs)