"Both JD(S) and Congress are in the opposition. We are together going to defeat BJP," Kumaraswamy, who is here to hold parleys with dissident BJP MLAs, said. Addressing a press conference at a hotel here along with the dissidents, the former Chief Minister alleged that the ruling BJP was misusing government machinery as well as the Speaker's chair to win the trial of strength on the floor of the Assembly tomorrow.
He said the Speaker had warned of disqualifying independent MLAs, which he said was "a first of its kind in India." "Our first priority is to remove this bad government and we (opposition) are going to unitedly do that...we are confident that we will defeat the confidence vote," he said.
Responding to reporters' queries on forming government in the event of BJP losing the vote tomorrow, he said that was not the issue now. "The future course of action in this regard will be charted out later," he said.
Asked what role he had to play with the dissidence in BJP, Kumaraswamy said it was his duty to ensure the "most corrupt government falls," when its MLAs were trying to dislodge it.
He said there were adequate numbers to bring down the government even if the Speaker disqualified the MLAs. The MLAs will teach Yeddyurappa 'a lesson for his attitude' he said.
Kumaraswamy said the 29-month old first BJP government in the South would not win tomorrow's confidence vote "by money or other means." He denied JD(S) has influenced dissident BJP MLAs and said everything which was happening between them was based on 'affection and mutual understanding.'
This was due to the parties working together for 20 months earlier, he said. The JDS leader said some BJP ministers had pressured the rebels 'using all efforts', but declined to elaborate.
Speaking in Kannada for a brief while, he denied any horse trading and described the rebellion as a 'tussle between dharma and adharma.' Earlier, the rebel BJP MLAs denied they were 'kidnapped' as alleged by some sections of people in Karnataka and said they had come of their own accord.