Political slugfest in Karnataka over ‘sting’ operation on RS polls
NEW DELHI /BENGALURU/: A political slugfest broke out in Karnataka today over TV “sting operations” that purportedly showed MLAs negotiating a money deal in exchange for their votes in elections to four Rajya Sabha seats from the state even as the Election Commission sought a report.
Appropriate action over the alleged money deal, the EC sought a factual report from Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka.The Commission said it has “asked CEO Karnataka to provide a report on the facts of the matter.”
The Commission said it has received queries from newspersons regarding the sting following which it was issuing the brief statement. With elections due to be held on June 11, five candidates are in the fray for four seats after the deadline for withdrawals expired today.
As the videos of the “sting operations” aired by two private TV news channels yesterday brought discomf .. As the videos of the “sting operations” aired by two private TV news channels yesterday brought discomfiture to him over allegations about the ruling Congress’ moves to win over MLAs including from the JD(S) to add up to its numbers, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah put up a brave face, saying, “…Congress has never done such things, they will never do it also.”
The BJP and JD(S) charged that the Chief Minister was behind the attempts to woo MLAs. The footage of “sting operation” by one channel showed a JD(S) MLA purportedly talking about money in crores of rupees for supporting a candidate while the one by another channel showed Congress candidate K C Ramamurthy and independent MLAs purportedly speaking about getting enhanced development funds for the constituency by the government in return for votes.
Reacting to the sting operations, BJP state President and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa called Siddaramaiah an “architect” behind these activities. He said “Chief Minister himself is behind it. They are saying Rs 100 crore package will be given to those supporting supporting Congress along with other benefits..; Chief Minister is trying to lure, no one else.”
Hitting back, Siddaramaiah reminded that Yeddyurappa was the brain behind “operation Kamala” that was used to weaken opposition parties when BJP was in power in the state.
“Operation Kamala” saw BJP winning over several Opposition MLAs who resigned from their party, joined BJP and won elections on its ticket that helped it secure comfortable majority in the Assembly.
“Such things were started by Yeddyurappa, who did operation Kamala? It is he who started such things. Cong ..Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda said, “Chief Minister who has grown from my party (JDS) is doing this to finish the party.”