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May 16, 2018

Karnataka Poll: Kumaraswamy alleges BJP offering Rs 100 crore to our MLAs

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Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy has defended his party’s surprise alliance with the Congress and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of trying to bribe Karnataka lawmakers after election results in the state threw up a hung house on Tuesday.

“People of Karnataka must understand that the BJP, which is known for horse-trading, isn’t going to act in their favour. Some of them [BJP] have approached leaders in our party and offered them Rs 100 crore and ministerial posts,” said Kumaraswamy at a press conference in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

“This attempt by the BJP to poach our legislators will backfire as there are people who are willing to leave the BJP to support us (JD-S),” Kumaraswamy, who has been elected the JD(S) legislative party leader, was quoted by TV channels as saying.

Kumaraswamy, 58, said spoke about his father, JD (S) chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, to explain why he had allied with the Congress.

“There’s a black spot on my father’s career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005 [2006]. Now, god has given me an opportunity to remove this black spot, therefore, I am going with the Congress,”.Kumaraswamy went back on his promise to transfer power to the BJP and went in for early elections in 2006, but watched the saffron party form a government of its own riding on a wave of sympathy due to the JD(S)’s “betrayal”.

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