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Don't try to fuel defections in Karnataka again, Siddaramaiah warns BJP

Former CM hits out at saffron party, says it is already in a state of "coma" due to past deeds

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Siddaramaiah, karnataka
File picture of former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah. Photo: ANI

Former chief minister hit out at the on Sunday for predicting that the JD(S)-government would fall and warned it against indulging in 'Operation Lotus' again, saying the saffron party was already in a state of 'coma' due to its past deeds.

is the head of the Congress-JD(S) coalition co-ordination committee.

'Operation Lotus' is a reference to the allegedly luring several opposition MLAs to defect, to ensure the stability of its then-government headed by in 2008.

"Yeddyurappa (now state chief) has once again made a statement that the government would fall. Already due to several rounds of operations, the lotus (BJP symbol) in is in (a state of) coma. Now once again don't try your hands into the wrong adventure of Operation Lotus," he said in a tweet.

The leader asserted that the BJP would remain as an opposition party in the state.

Siddaramaiah's tweet came in response to repeated comments by Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders, expressing doubts about the continuance of the coalition government headed by ever since it came to power in May this year after the elections threw up a hung assembly.

'Operation Lotus' refers to the BJP's strategy during Yeddyurappa's previous tenure as the chief minister when it made several MLAs of other parties to resign and contest the elections on the party's ticket and win to strengthen its numbers in the assembly.

and JD(S) have accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the coalition government by trying to poach their MLAs, a charge denied by the saffron party.

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First Published: Sun, October 28 2018. 19:10 IST