Karnataka poaching row: CM HD Kumaraswamy insists Congress-JD(S) coalition still strong, says 'BJP creating nuisance'

Amid political turmoil in Karnataka, CM HD Kumaraswamy accused BJP of creating 'nuisance' to destablise the Congress-JDS coalition government, but expressed confidence that the crisis would fizzle out soon.

Press Trust of India January 16, 2019 19:00:54 IST
Karnataka poaching row: CM HD Kumaraswamy insists Congress-JD(S) coalition still strong, says 'BJP creating nuisance'
  • The JD(S) leader sought to know why the saffron party has holed up its 104 MLAs in Gurugram when Karnataka is reeling under severe drought

  • Kumaraswamy, who is preoccupied with pre-budget consultation meetings in Bengaluru, also dismissed reports of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • He stressed that the Congress and JD(S) would fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls together

New Delhi: Amid political turmoil in Karnataka, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday accused the Opposition BJP of creating "nuisance" to destablise the government, but expressed confidence that the current crisis would fizzle out soon.

Kumaraswamy, who is preoccupied with pre-budget consultation meetings in Bengaluru, also dismissed reports of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the likely resignation of four Congress ministers from the state cabinet.

He stressed that ties between the Congress and JD(S) were "strong" and the parties would together fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Karnataka poaching row CM HD Kumaraswamy insists CongressJDS coalition still strong says BJP creating nuisance

File image of HD Kumaraswamy. PTI

On Tuesday, two independent MLAs withdrew their support to the coalition government in a significant turn to the political war that erupted in the state, with both sides venting their fears of poaching.

"There is no plan to meet Modi. No Congress ministers are resigning. No MLAs from Congress or JD(S) will resign and shift to BJP. It is not going to happen. This nuisance has been created by the BJP," Kumaraswamy told PTI.

Asserting that the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition was "stable and strong", he said his MLAs will not fall for the offer made by the saffron party, adding that the current crisis will "fizzle out" in a day or two.

"My government is stable. Congress and JD(S) are together. We will be together even in the LoK Sabha elections," Kumaraswamy said.

Attacking the BJP for trying to destablise the Karnataka government, the JD(S) leader sought to know why the saffron party has holed up its 104 MLAs in a resort at Gurugram in Haryana at a time when the southern state was reeling under severe drought in 165 taluks.

"BJP has exposed before the nation how desperately it wants to come back to power. They have made a fool of themselves before people. They have made a mockery of our democracy by offering huge amount to some of our JD(S) MLAs," he said.

Kumaraswamy also alleged that the BJP was "misleading" people with "false information" through media, especially local electronic channels. In the 224-member state assembly, BJP has 104 members, Congress has 79, JDS has 37, and the BSP, KPJP and Independent have one each, besides the Speaker.

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