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Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2018

BJP offered ₹100 crores to JD(S) MLAs, says Kumaraswamy

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636620715527151999.NEW DELHI /BANGALURU :With the election results throwing a fractured mandate in Karnataka and both the BJP and the JD(S)-Congress combine staking claim, all eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will decide whom to invite to form the next government. BS Yeddyurappa, the prospective chief minister of the BJP, met Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka.
Deve Gowda’s party, the JD(S), finished third but has the “unconditional support” of the Congress, says it should be invited first on the ground that the post-poll combine has 117 seats, which is well above the magic mark of 112 needed to form the government.
JD(S) state President H.D Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of offering 100 crores to some of its party Lawmakers . Speaking at the Janata Dal Legislative Party meeting,  Mr. Kumaraswamy warned the BJP that if it tried ‘Operation Kamala’ once more it would boomerang on itself.yeddyujpg
What is Operation Kamala?
This was the BJP’s political manoeuvre in 2008 when, short of majority, it poached at least 6 JD(S) and Congress MLAs by making them resign from the assembly membership and later contest on the BJP ticket.Forget ‘Operation Kamal’ being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP and come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we’ll do the same and take double from you. I’m also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the governor is bound under the Constitution and legal provisions to invite their coalition to form the government in the state. “We expect Karnataka governor to invite JD (S)-Cong coalition which has clear majority to form government in the state. As per constitutional and legal provisions, the governor has no option but to invite the coalition,” he said.
Meanwhile, Union Ministers Prakash Javdekar, J P Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan met H D Kumaraswamy at a private hotel in the city and sought JD(S) support to BJP, sources confirmed.
BJP sources claimed that Mr. Kumaraswamy said all decisions were taken by his father H D Devegowda and asked them to speak to him. However, some JD(S) sources said Mr. Kumaraswamy has rejected the BJP’s proposal.
I have been offered from both sides. I am not saying this loosely. There’s a black spot on my father’s career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005. So God has given me an opportunity to remove this black spot. So I am going with Congress said Kumaraswamy.
In a dramatic turn of events, the Congress offered support to the JD(S), which was duly accepted by the party chief H.D. Kumaraswamy.Kumaraswamy  was identified as the kingmaker, who would ally with either national party in case of an unclear verdict in the elections. By evening, with a fractured mandate, he was transformed to become a “possible king” in a day of swift developments.
All eyes are on Karnataka after the Assembly election results 2018 threw up a hung assembly on Tuesday – with the BJP scoring 104 seats, Congress 78 and JD(S) winning 37 seats.
The BJP, meanwhile, has also staked claim to form the government, even though it is seven seats short of the majority. BJP leader B.S Yeddyurappa met the Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala and submitted a formal letter with the signature of 104 MLAs supporting him. He staked claim to form the government as the leader of the single largest party in the Assembly.
Soon after he was elected leader of the BJP legislature party, Mr. Yeddyurappa drove to the Raj Bhavan and handed the Governor a letter about his unanimous election to the post.Mr. Yeddyurappa said he requested the Governor to allow him to take oath as chief minister as early as possible.
The Governor, he said, had assured him that he would take an “appropriate” decision as early as possible. “We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately,” Mr. Yeddyurappa told reporters.
As five Karnataka lawmakers went “incommunicado” on Wednesday morning, an orange alert went out across the Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) combine, which claims enough numbers to form government after a hung verdict in the state.
A meeting of newly-elected Congress legislators was delayed in the morning as the party couldn’t communicate with three of its lawmakers, Rajshekhar Patil, Nagendra and Anand Singh. Anand Singh and Nagendra are believed to be close to the Reddy brothers linked to the BJP. Two JDS members, Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda, were also missing from their party’s meeting at a five-star hotel in Bengaluru.
Another Congress lawmaker claimed he had been approached by the BJP, which had yesterday asked Governor Vajubhai Vala for a chance to prove its majority. “I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us and said we’ll give a ministry to you. We’ll make you a minister. But, I’m going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our chief minister,” said Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur.

A JDS lawmaker Sarvanna has reportedly said four or five of his colleagues were approached.Outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress, however, denied the “missing” reports. “All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government,” he said as he arrived at the Congress party headquarters for the lawmakers’ meeting.
The Karnataka verdict has left room for negotiations as the BJP is desperate for numbers, allege Congress and JDS leaders.The BJP emerged as the largest party in Karnataka but missed the magic number of 112 by eight seats.(With Agency Inputs ).

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