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BJP trying to "bribe" its way to power, claims Kumaraswamy as

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Amid intense jockeying for power in Karnataka, the JD(S)-combine's ministerial candidate H D today claimed the BJP offered his MLAs Rs 100 crore in bribes to break ranks and back the BJP in government formation, a charge rejected by the saffron party.

A day after delivered a split verdict in the Assembly polls, and the rival camps intensified efforts to outmanoeuvre each other in the race for forming the government, Kumaraswamy, who was elected the JD(S) legislature party leader, dropped the Rs 100 crore bribe bombshell.

"Our MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP to break away. I want to know whether this is black or white money," he told a press conference.

"The JD(S)-combine has 116 MLAs (including JD(S) pre-poll ally the BSP)...the BJP is trying to misuse its power being at the Centre and form its government through horsetrading," he said.

said though which party to invite first is the prerogative of the governor, "without the numbers how can they (BJP) form the government".

Replying to a question, he rejected outright the possibility of forming a coalition government with the BJP.

"I am going to meet the with the state and formally stake claim to form the government," he said.

promptly dismissed the JD(S) charge, calling it "imaginary".

"This (talk of) Rs 100 crore, Rs 200 crore is imaginary. The BJP is not doing this. We are not in the habit of practising horsetrading. This is the kind of JD(S) and Congress do. We are going by the rule book and we will form the government," Javadekar said.

The allegation was, however, repeated by outgoing minister Siddaramaiah, who accused of encouraging horsetrading so the BJP returned to power.

"is encouraging horsetrading. The has to give (the first) opportunity (for forming the government) to us," he told reporters.

When asked about reports that some of the 78 newly elected Congress MLAs had skipped today's meeting of its legislature party, he said, "We are all united".

D K Shivakumar, the in the government who had hosted party lawmakers from at a resort in to prevent "poaching" by the BJP ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in that state, also claimed two MLAs who were reportedly missing were with the Congress.

"Nagendra and are in touch with us. All 78 MLAs are together. If we are not, people will beat us," he told TV channel

The newly elected MLAs of the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 224-member House, chose B S Yeddyurappa as their

Immediately thereafter, Yeddyurappa made a dash for and staked claim to form the government.

"I requested to allow me to take oath as early as possible. We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately," he later told journalists.

Kumaraswamy, who has emerged the dark horse in the three-horse race with just 37 MLAs, was formally elected the of the JD(S) legislature party.

He said the Congress had extended unconditional support to the JD(S) for forming the government and "we will provide a stable rule for full five years".

Meanwhile, the newly elected Congress MLAs also met to discuss the strategy for government formation.

"We exchanged views on our strategy for forming the government," a party said after the meeting, and added the issue of electing the new leader of the Congress Legislature Party was not discussed.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 15:05 IST