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Karnataka MLA poaching: 'BJP offered huge amount to JD(S) MLA last night,' says HD Kumaraswamy, BJP denies allegation

  • Kumaraswamy said the Congress MLA who was approached by the BJP said he did not need any gift

  • Congress leader Siddaramaiah also alleged that the BJP had benami money to spend on such an operation

  • BJP on the other hand refuted all such allegations and asserted that legislators are trying to leave the JD(S)-Congress coalition

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday accused BJP of continuing its efforts to poach MLAs and claimed that one of his party's legislators was on Thursday offered huge amount of money under the saffron party's "Operation Kamala".

 Karnataka MLA poaching: BJP offered huge amount to JD(S) MLA last night, says HD Kumaraswamy, BJP denies allegation

File image of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. PTI

"Operation Kamala is still on. Even last night they (BJP) offered one of our MLAs, a huge amount of money and asked him where it should be sent. You will be surprised to know the gift amount. Our MLA responded that he did not need any gift and wants to be left alone," said Kumaraswamy.

"This is how they are still working on poaching," Kumaraswamy said.

Former state chief minister and Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah also accused BJP of attempting to poach legislators. "There is no operation Kamala. They have benami money which they have earned through corruption. With that corruption money they tried and failed."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the other hand refuted all such allegations and asserted that legislators are trying to leave the JD(S)-Congress coalition due to internal fight.

Party leader Yeddyurappa said, "We are not resorting to any operation Kamala. Their MLAs are trying to go away from them because of their internal fights and it is their duty to keep them intact within their party. They should stop giving baseless statements against us. We have 104 MLAs and two independent MLAs and we are concentrating on our work as the Opposition."

The Congress, which shares power with Janata Dal (Secular), has 80 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, including the Speaker. Accordingly, 79 MLAs were expected to attend the CLP meeting held under the supervision of central leaders KC Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge.

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Updated Date: Jan 26, 2019 14:04:07 IST