The Congress and JD(S), which are cobbling to form government in Karnataka, alleged that the BJP was attempting to poach their MLAs after the assembly polls threw up a hung verdict. According reports, at the Congress legislative meeting in Bengaluru, only 66 out of the 78 elected MLAs turned up.
Ahead of the meeting however party leaders denied reports of any of their MLAs missing and said that they have full faith in their leaders. The party also said they will explore legal options if the JDS-Congress combine is not invited to form the government.
HD Kumaraswamy, who is being chosen as the Chief ministerial face of the Congress-JD(S) alliance accused the BJP of being in a “hurry” to form the government despite falling short of numbers, and resorting to “horsetrading” by trying to lure his party MLAs with money.
The JDS legislature party also met on Wednesday and chose HD Kumaraswamy as its leader.
However in what could be a concern for the party, reports say, two of its MLAs were missing from the legislature party meeting.
Kumaraswamy said the Congress-JD(S) combine had a “clear majority” with the support of 116 MLAs. “Without the numbers, how can they (BJP) form the government?” he asked.
But the BJP was swift to deny the allegations. “These are baseless charges against the BJP, we condemn it,” senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
(With inputs from PTI)