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Ktka horse trading issue echoes in LS; Union minister Gowda

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The issue of alleged horse trading in echoed in Lok Sabha on Monday as the cited a purported audio clip of B S Yeddyurappa to accuse the of trying to lure ruling coalition MLAs, a charge firmly rejected by

members, including Sonia Gandhi, staged a walkout from the House over the issue but returned a few minutes later.

During the Zero Hour, in the House Mallikarjun levelled allegations of horse trading against the leadership and also mentioned Yeddyurappa's purported audio clip in which he is allegedly seeking to win over an MLA of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in the state.

About the situation in Karnataka, Kharge, who is an from the state, claimed that there are references that the of the state assembly and even a "could be managed".

members from the state, including Sadananda Gowda, objected to Kharge's remarks.

Former and JD(S) H D Deve Gowda said that "things like 'Operation Kamala' should not happen in the country".

'Operation Kamala' is a reference to win over MLAs from rival parties into the BJP.

Refuting the allegations, for Statistics and Programme Implementation said there is already infighting between and the JD(S) in and that both parties are doing "fake activities".

Gowda claimed that the two parties were doing such things to save the chief minister's

JD(S) H D is the of

"All things uttered (here)... are false and far from truth," Gowda said.

For a brief time, Congress members trooped into the Well displaying placards with the message 'Operation Kamala. Death of Democracy' written on some of them.

members were also in the Well as they sought to raise issues related to Despite repeated requests from Sumitra Mahajan, they remained in the Well.

Earlier, the Question Hour was adjourned for nearly 50 minutes due to protests over alleged horse trading in Karnataka and other issues.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 14:20 IST