BJP indulging in horse-trading: HDK

BJP indulging in horse-trading: HDK

JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy. DH File Photo

JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday levelled a serious charge that the BJP was trying to poach his party’s elected representatives by offering them Rs 100 crore and cabinet positions.

Kumaraswamy, who has been unanimously elected as the JD(S) legislature party leader by his party leaders, however, warned the BJP against making any such attempts. 

He said that if the saffron party tried to indulge in horse-trading, then the JD(S) would hit back by poaching double the number of its elected representatives. “If the BJP tries to break my party, then I know how to hit back -- I am no saint. I have the ability to bring back double the number of it’s elected representatives. The BJP’s efforts at Operation Lotus is sure to boomerang this time,” he said.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kumaraswamy wondered if the BJP was using the black money to poach the MLAs.

“I want to ask Modi if his party is indulging in horse trading, or if he wants to uphold the democratic process,” he said while addressing a jam-packed press conference at a private hotel in the city.

He appealed to the Governor not to allow horse-trading in the state. He said that though the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, it was not allowed to form the government in these states.

The legislature party has passed a resolution to join hands with the Congress to form a coalition government. Kumaraswamy said that he would not break this post-poll alliance at any cost.

‘Blot on father’s career’ 
Stating that he had been approached by the BJP too, to form the government, Kumaraswamy however, said that he wouldn't make the same mistake he had done in the past. 
He also said that the H D Deve Gowda family had never hankered after power. 

He was making the “compromise” for the best interest of the state.

“I don’t want to repeat my past mistakes. I was forced to forge an alliance with the BJP in 2006. I did that to save my party. The decision, however, cost me heavily. It became a black spot on my father’s entire political career. Not only were his secular credentials questioned, my decision had taken a toll on his health. God has given me an opportunity to remove this black spot. So I have decided to go with the Congress this time,” he said.

Kumaraswamy said that Governor Vajubhai Vala should allow the JD(S)-Congress combine to form the government.

Kumaraswamy also said that he was unhappy to be forming a government at a time when his party had come third in the race.

On speculations that he had met BJP leader Prakash Javadekar earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy said, "I haven't met a single BJP leader. Who is Javadekar? Who is this gentleman?" he said.