“From threatening our MLAs with IT and ED raids to luring with money, the BJP’s efforts to destabilise the Karnataka government have doomed and that is why they have now hidden their MLAs in a resort in Gurugram,” said Kharge.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Chikkamagaluru, Siddaramaiah lashed out at the BJP, calling it “shameless”.
“They (BJP) don’t have any belief in democracy. People have given them a mandate in the election to sit in the opposition. People have not given them the verdict to govern. In the last six months, they have been trying to destabilise this government.”
“Yeddyurappa (BJP President) has grown old, but has no brain. He is around 76 years of age, but still he wants to become the chief minister through wrong means by offering crores of rupees to our MLAs. This is a threat to our democracy and BJP doesn’t believe in democracy and Constitution,” he alleged.
Accusing the BJP of keeping its MLAs confined to a hotel in Haryana, Siddaramaiah charged the party leaders with furnishing false information to media about forming the government.
Congress General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka KC Venugopal, who has been camping in the city since Monday night and holding a series of meetings with party leaders, said that all the Congress MLA’s are “fine and intact.” He termed the media reports about a few party MLAs planning to resign as “baseless”.
“Nothing is going to happen. All the Congress MLAs are intact, we are in touch with all of them,” he said.
Asked about MLAs camping in Mumbai, Venugopal asked, “Are you sure that they are in Mumbai only?”
“That was day-before-yesterday, just verify now,” he said.
Venugopal asserted that the coalition government “will continue for next four-and-half years”
“We have nothing to worry, we have contact with every MLA, all will be okay. We are also calling CLP meeting on January 18,” he said and accused the BJP of making repeated attempts to destabilise the government by trying to poach MLAs.”
On Tuesday, the BJP’s strength increased to 106 when two MLAs joined its camp. If the BJP wants to form a government in Karnataka now, only 212 MLAs need to be present in the Assembly. For this to happen, at least 12 MLAs need to resign.
MLA’s can’t defect to the BJP due to the Anti-Defection Law. Otherwise, BJP should manage to bag 19 MLAs from JD(S) or 40 MLAs from the Congress, which is nearly impossible.