Janata Dal-Secular leader H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of being in a “hurry” to form the government in Karnataka despite falling short of numbers, and resorting to “horsetrading” by trying to lure his party MLAs with money.
Speaking to reporters after his election as leader of the JD-S Legislature Party, he alleged that BJP was making attempts to lure his party MLAs with monetary offers of Rs 100 crore.
The BJP was trying to “misuse” its power being in office at the Centre, he charged.
Kumaraswamy said the Congress-JD-S combine had a “clear majority” with the support of 116 MLAs.
“Without the numbers, how can they (BJP) form the government?” he asked.
Kumaraswamy said he was not out to grab power.
Yeddyurappa requests governor to invite BJP to form govt
BJP’s Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said he met Governor Vajubhai Vala and asked him to allow him to take oath as chief minister as the party had emerged the single largest party.
Soon after he was elected leader of the BJP legislature party, Yeddyurappa drove to the Raj Bhavan and handed him a letter about his unanimous election to the post.
Yeddyurappa said he requested the governor to allow him to take oath as chief minister as early as possible.
The governor, he said, had assured him that he would take an “appropriate” decision as early as possible.
“We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately,” Yeddyurappa told reporters.
Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa said he was confident of forming the government. He also said Independent MLA Shankar had submitted a letter offering his support to the BJP.
Other party leaders echoed his confidence.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar had said an attempt was being made to create “unnatural tension”.
“People are with us,” he said.
Senior BJP leaders Suresh Kumar and K S Eshwarappa also said they were confident the party would form the government.
With the Karnataka assembly polls throwing up a hung verdict, the BJP with 104 seats has fallen short of the half-way mark of 112.
The Congress-Janata Dal-Secular combine moved quickly even as the counting of votes was underway on Tuesday and requested the governor to allow formation of a JD-S-led government. The two parties together have a clear majority in the 224-member assembly.