HDK Threatens BJP, Alleges 100 cr Offer Per MLA
HDK promises to strike back if BJP tries to poach MLAs; alleges 100 cr was offered to buy his MLAs.
A combative JD(S) chief H D Kumaraswamy today threatened the BJP saying that if they ever try to poach “my MLAs, I will hit back and take away double the number from your side. If you (BJP) try to once again try out Operation Lotus, it will boomerang. We are capable of striking back.”
With talks that the BJP is trying to woo a few JD(S) MLAs, HDK alleged that the saffron party offered Rs 100 crore per MLA to switch sides. This is all black money stashed by the BJP in foreign banks, he said.
Kumaraswamy revealed that 10-20 BJP MLAs were in touch with him and were ready to switch sides.
When the 2008 polls in Karnataka threw up a fractured verdict, Yeddyurappa launched his infamous astra called Operation Lotus to buy over opposition party MLAs with money and power. At that time, BJP had poached 20 MLAs from JD(S) and Congress, making them resign their assembly membership and contest bypolls, between 2008 and 2013.
HDK said he would once again meet the Governor today to stake claim to form a government in Karnataka. When told that BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa had met the governor today and staked claim to form a government, HDK shot back saying where does he have the numbers.
He said power was thrust on him and that he was ready to serve the people of Karnataka once more and uphold the secular fabric of the state.
Kumaraswamy also played his cards of a humble and dutiful son, a modern Caesar not hankering for power and that of a duty-conscious servant of the people of Karnataka.
His trump cards were (in quotes):
I disobeyed my father when I aligned with the BJP earlier. That was a mistake. At this age, I do not want to upset or disobey my father and want to make amends.
I did not go after power; I did not approach anyone. The Congress and my MLAs wanted me to become the chief minister based on my earlier developmental track record of 20 months rule.
Congress has given me unconditional support.
The electorate has not given a clear mandate to anyone. Hence it is our duty to cobble together a workable alliance.
BJP has no moral rights to criticise us as they had misused power to snatch power in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.
BJP is using central agencies to threaten our MLAs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nothing to do with the win of the BJP in Karnataka. Now he is using threatening language.
Many Congressmen had abused me, but all that was during electioneering. This should be forgotten and we should move forward for the welfare of the state.