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Karnataka Minister alleges poaching of Congress MLAs by BJP

IANS  |  Bengaluru/New Delhi 

on Monday alleged that the BJP was trying to poach the state's legislators.

"Three of our MLAs are in We (Congress) are aware of the horse trading that is being attempted by the Our legislators have also admitted to being approached by the BJP," for Irrigation Shivakumar told the media in Bengaluru.A

The BJP was trying to "destabilise" the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-coalition government by poaching the legislators, he alleged.

Shivakumar, however, did not name the MLAs who were reportedly approached by the BJP.

The spoke to the media ahead of a meeting held in Bengaluru by the party's senior leaders, including Deputy G. Parameshwara, former Siddaramaiah and state unit

The agenda of the meeting held and the outcome were not disclosed by the party leaders.

The ruling coalition partner JD-S and H.D. Kumaraswamy, however, asserted that the government continues to remain stable.

"All the legislators are in touch with us and we are certain of the stability of the coalition government," Kumaraswamy told the media.

Meanwhile, the BJP flayed the coalition government for blaming the BJP to hide its failures.

"Daily activity of ..Cry Operation Kamala (referring to alleged poaching by the BJP), hide failure to run government by blaming BJP. Fight among themselves for power...," the tweeted on the issue.

Speaking to media in later, BJP's unit rubbished Congress' allegations of poaching.

"These allegations of poaching are only rumours and there is no truth to it," Yeddyurappa told reporters in

The BJP's MPs and legislators from the southern state are in the national capital to meet its leadership ahead of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in April-May.

In the 225-member Assembly, the Congress has 80 MLAs including the Speaker, the JD-S 37 and 104.



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:02 IST