Amidst reports of rumours of NDA reach out to JD(S) in Karnataka, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and Republic Party of India supremo Ramdas Athawale spoke to Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami.
Athawale said that though he had not spoken to the Karnataka CM, he has offered him to join the BJP if he is unhappy with the alliance through the media. Earlier on Tuesday, Kumaraswamy had shed tears complaining about compulsions of being in coalition with the Congress.
"I have not spoken to him. I have a feeling he is unhappy with the alliance with Congress. He is the CM of Karnataka because of the Congress but the party is not giving him a free hand due to which he is unhappy. Hence, I said that if he wishes for the wellbeing of Karnataka he should join the BJP. If BJP and Kumaraswamy form a government, the Centre can do a lot for the betterment of the state.
"Tomorrow if PM Modi becomes Prime Minister again Karnataka could receive more money. I suggest that if he is so unhappy with Congress, then why is he wasting time with Congress? Therefore, Kumaraswamy will come out from Congress alliance and BJP and JD(S)will come together and form the government" he said.
Terming the Congress as "casteist", the Dalit leader earlier on Tuesday offered Kumaraswamy to join hands with BJP for the state's welfare.
"...Kumaraswamy is upset, I request him-why are you behind Congress when the BJP-JD(S) coalition government can be formed?" Athawale told reporters in Bengaluru.
Stating that there was such a proposal earlier, he said "Congress was clever, they supported Kumaraswamy and made him CM, but Kumaraswamy is crying, he is not happy with Congress people. So I feel that this government will not last long."
"Kumaraswamy has to come back to the BJP and if Karnataka's development has to happen...Kumaraswamy has to leave Congress and come back. Staying with BJP will benefit as Modi ji government is coming (to power) with NDA securing over 350 seats" he added.
In 2006, Kumaraswamy had joined hands with BJP to form the coalition government, overthrowing the Dharm Singh led Congress-JD(S) government, that lasted about 20 months.