RS polls: Sting operation shows Karnataka MLAs seeks money for votes

A sting operation today was purportedly showed by a news channel in which crores of rupees being “offered” to group of Karnataka legislators to vote for Congress or JD-S nominees in the June 11 Rajya Sabha elections in the state.

Four MLAs, or members of their family, are seen asking for cash starting from Rs 5 crore upwards, two of whom were from the Janata Dal (Secular), media reported. The JD(S) legislators were Mallikarjun Khuba and GT Deve Gowda, while two independent legislators caught in the video were BR Patil and Varthur Prakash.

Though the expose does not show any cash being offered or exchanged, it claims to reveal that the Congress would give crores of rupees for the development of constituencies represented by the independents across the state and Deve Gowda told media that it “was a conspiracy”.

The Congress rules the state, having won 123 of the 225 Assembly seats, and the Bharatiya Janata Party has 44 seats, making it the main Opposition party. Each candidate needs 45 votes to win a Rajya Sabha seat.

On the otherhand, JD(S), which has 40 members in the Assembly, need five more votes to win the Mangaluru seat. Reports have said that in-fighting within the party has led to some of its members threatening to vote for the Congress in the upcoming election.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has taken note of the sting operations and is likely to act after studying footage apparently showing Karnataka MLAs indulging in corrupt practices.

Wefornews Bureau

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