Remember last year’s post-election drama in Karnataka involving the Congress, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP? Well, it look likes Round Two is on the cards. State minister DK Shivakumar has made allegations of horsetrading against the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying three Congress MLAs are camping in a hotel in Mumbai in the “company of some BJP leaders”. But he was confident that the BJP would not succeed.
Meanwhile Sadananda Gowda, a BJP leader and former Karnataka chief minister, said the Congress should keep its house in order. He said the Congress wasn’t able to keep its MLAs in Karnataka together and was “simply pin-pointing” at the BJP.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said the MLAs travelled to Mumbai after informing him, and that he was in constant touch with them. He also said he knew whom the BJP was trying to contact — and what was being offered.
Inputs from Nagarjun Dwarakanath, Supriya Bhardwaj, Kamaljit Sandhu and agencies