A day after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy leveled charges against the BJP accusing them of trying to topple the government and engaging in poaching by way of bribing party members, former CM and BJP chief in the state BS Yeddyurappa said that the allegations were baseless.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, BJP chief in Karnataka Yeddyurappa said:
"I want to ask a straight question to Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy, if you go on speaking like this you will lose your credibility, if at all it is true, he must mention the names, who has offered to whom it was offered. If not it will not have any value at all."
This comes a day after HD Kumaraswamy had leveled charges against the BJP accusing them of trying to topple the government and engaging in poaching by way of bribing party members.
However, expressing helplessness at the shaky state of the coalition state government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, on Tuesday has said that he could not publically share the problems he faces every day as CM while addressing a public rally, breaking down yet again.
"I cannot tell what problems I am facing openly. I am the chief minister now but I cannot share the pain that I face every day with you. If I do then they will question me as to how will I be able to solve the problems faced by people. On one hand, I have ensured this government functions peacefully and on the other, I'll have to keep assuring our bureaucrats that this government is safe. I have all these responsibilities," he said.
While Siddharamaih agreed that BJP indeed was 'desperately' trying to topple the government, he said that they won't succeed in their endeavour.
Contradicting H. D. Kumaraswamy's charges, Siddharamaih said "There is absolutely no threat to the coalition government, we will survive and function to deliver the promises we have made to the people of Karnataka"
Speaking on the infighting between Congress and JD(S), Yeddyurappa said:
"According to me what he has told is correct. there is a lot of diffrence of opinion between Congress and JD(S). What he has told is a hundred percent true. But it is too early to comment if the MLAs from both parties will join the BJP. We are not in touch with Congress and or JDS MPs or MLAs as I have told this earlier."
The Congress-JD(S) coalition has seen major controversy during the poll campaign where Congress leaders and JD(S) openly questioned each other's authority. There have also been instances where Congress leader Siddaramaiah has questioned Kumaraswamy's skill to be the Chief Minister as growing dissent among the Congress MPs have also lead to defection. Kumaraswamy has also taken many potshots at Siddaramaiah openly when reports of him wanting to be chief minister again came out.
Adding to their woes, in a setback to the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka in 2019 elections, the BJP swept 25 parliamentary constituencies out of a total of 28, leaving Congress to one seat. The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 117 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 104 seats.