Karnataka by-polls are around the corner and the by-poll battle has heated up in the last few days. The BJP, Congress and JD(S) are going all guns blazing against each other. The BJP is up against a united opposition this time around. The saffron party has come up with different strategies to lure voters. While campaigning for the by-polls former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar has dropped a bomb while campaigning for the Karnataka by-polls.
Shettar said, "We are 105, we will soon become 113. We will be well above the magic number that's 112. How will we achieve this? I will answer that post-November 6. Congress is prepared to wrap up the government and send Kumaraswamy to his home. If you vote for Srinivas Kulkarni and he wins then he will be with the ruling party."
He made the statement while addressing voters at Jamkhandi in Bagalkote district of Karnataka.
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Shettar's statement has triggered a political storm. Responding to the statement, Arivalagan, State Spokesperson of JD(S) said:
"Former CM Shettar's statement is baseless. In the upcoming by-polls, the coalition government will win all five seats with a clear marjin. BJP is day dreaming of forming a government in Karnataka. The Congress-JD(S) government in the state is doing well and BJP can't stand it.They're dream will not come true at least for the next four years."
Earlier too the JD(S) and Congress had slammed BJP for promoting horse trading. Also, Congress and JD(S) rushed its legislators to resorts. But the BJP remained confident despite tasting failure earlier, Minister DV Sadananda Gowda reacted to Shettar's statement and said:
"Just wait and watch. By the looks of which the coalition government is functioning, it clearly seems that members of both the party's are upset with the present administration."
The JD(S) is hoping to play a role in national politics and realise its ambitions come 2019 with the help of Congress party. There are rumors doing the rounds that the coalition government may topple after the Lok Sabha polls. But considering the current political alignments any sort of division seems highly unlikely.