Horse trading charges erupt in Karnataka again

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Horse trading charges erupt in Karnataka again

A fresh political war erupted in Karnataka Monday as the ruling Congress-JDS coalition and BJP accused each other of making a renewed bid to poach MLAs, with chief minister H D Kumaraswamy saying he has 'sufficient numbers' to run a stable government. Amid speculation that six to eight Congress MLAs are ready to jump ship to the BJP side and some lawmakers of the ruling coalition have gone incommunicado, Kumaraswamy said there was no question of 'instability' in his government.

As the Congress-JDS combine accused the BJP of luring away its MLAs offering bribes and other allurements, BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa rubbished reports that his party was attempting 'Operation Lotus' to topple the government. However, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa clarified that BJP MLAs were in New Delhi to discuss the strategy for Lok Sabha polls and the party was not indulging in any “resort politics”. “Despite having a majority, the Congress-JD(S) combine is trying to lure our MLAs and indulging in horse-trading, BJP is not doing it,” PTI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.

“There is no need for us to do any resort politics. A few of them (BJP MLAs) will be in Delhi, a few are going to Gurgaon, they will go and come back,” he added.

The fresh horse trading saga in the state erupted after Karnataka Water Resource minister DK Shivakumar on Sunday said the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ to topple the state’s coalition government was on and alleged that three Congress MLAs were camping at a hotel in Mumbai in the “company of some BJP leaders”.