BJP offering money to lure party MLAs: Congress

Last Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 14:50

Bangalore: The Congress in Karnataka
Monday charged the ruling BJP with offering money to the tune
of Rs 50 crore to its MLAs to engineer defection and
threatened to launch a state-wide stir to expose the horse
trading.

Opposition Congress leader in the state Assembly
Siddaramaiah alleged that 53 of its 73 MLAs have been offered
money and a ministerial berth by BJP leaders.

"None of our MLAs are ready to defect. We are all
united. Some MLAs whom the BJP leaders contacted over phone
have recorded the conversation. We will soon make them public,"
Siddaramaiah told reporters after presiding over the
Legislature Party meeting here.

Rahim Khan, MLA from Bidar, alleged he was also
contacted by BJP men.

Siddaramaiah said the meeting condemned the reported
call given by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and BJP state
unit president KS Eswarappa to convert the minority status of
its government to a majority.

"The Congress will reveal the proof on horse trading
to media and also submit it to Governor HR Bhardwaj,"
Congress working president DK Shivakumar said.

The Centre will also be approached seeking legal
action against defections being encouraged by the BJP, he said.

The CLP, which met this morning ahead of the High
Court taking up for hearing petitions filed by five
independent MLAs challenging their disqualification, will
again meet tomorrow to discuss the political situation in the
state.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 14:50

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