Karnataka election results: BJP trying to poach our MLAs, says Congress and JDS

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Bengaluru, May 16: Amid hectic parleys for government formation in Karnataka, the  Congress and JD(S) on Wednesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to poach their MLA’s. 

“They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Every day there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this ” stated Congress’s DK Shivakumar.

Speaking to media JD(S)’ Saravana said “I don’t know what they (BJP) are offering but they are trying to call our people, but they are not responding. We are all together, no one can touch our party. Our party MLAs are loyal to the party”.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad stated: JD(S) has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to”.

Congress’ Ramalinga Reddy tells ANI,”We believe in all our MLAs. BJP is trying hard to get them. They don’t believe in democracy, BJP just wants power. All the people are happy, nobody is unhappy here”.

A day after poll results all three parties — the JD(S), the BJP and the Congress held their respective Legislature Party meetings on government formation in Karnataka.

Both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress-supported Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy called on Vala and staked claim to form the government in the southern state.

Now all eyes are on Governor Vajubhai Vala, who will have to decide whether to call the BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress alliance, having a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.


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