Karnataka CM accuses BJP of offering bribe to JDS MLA

Bengaluru: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy yesterday accused the BJP of attempting to bribe one of his party MLAs. He was addressing a public meeting at a village in Ramanagar when he said this.

He accused that the BJP were relentlessly trying to pull down the JDS-Congress coalition government. The CM also said that he knew who were been behind it.

Kumaraswamy revealed that on Monday at around 11 pm when he was on the way from Ramanagara to Bidadi, one of his MLAs called him and said the coalition government’s fall was imminent by the next day. Already nine MLAs from Congress and the JD(S) have signed and that if he also agreed he would dispatch Rs 10 crore at his location. He however did not reveal the MLA’s name.

“This is going on continuously. They have kept money ready to topple this government… Whatever attempts they make, the government will not fall and it will continue for the next four years,” he further asserted.

Kumaraswamy did not reveal the name of the MLA nor the BJP leader who approached him giving room for speculation.

However, BJP spokesperson Go Madhusudan rubbished the chief minister’s accusation as baseless, and said that Kumaraswamy was doing so to advance his vested interest and dynastic politics.

“The BJP has neither approached his party MLAs nor has any ‘Operation Lotus’. Let him focus on development instead of levelling allegations,” said Madhusudan.

NT Bureau