Karnataka RS polls: JD (S) chief Kumaraswamy accuses Congress leader Siddaramaiah of horse trading bid

Bengaluru (Karnataka): 

Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls in Karnataka, Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy on Friday accused Congress leader Siddaramaiah of “horse-trading”. Kumaraswamy alleged that the Congress leader pressurised JD(S) MLAs to vote for the candidates of the grand old party instead of their own political outfit.

“Yes, definitely. He is pressurising them not to vote for JD(S),” said Kumaraswamy. 

“Today, before local media he (Siddaramaiah) has said that he didn’t write to my MLAs. He had even tweeted the letter from his social media account. Now, he’s denying what he said yesterday. This shows his double standards,” the JD(S) leader added.

Further, Kumaraswamy alleged that BJP general secretary CT Ravi was spotted entering the Congress office in Karnataka.

“CT Ravi is BJP general secretary, so how did he enter Congress office? This shows that CT Ravi went to meet Siddaramaiah for his cooperation in the victory of the BJP candidate,” he said.

He exuded confidence that JD(S) already has 30-31 votes in the Rajya Sabha elections.

“We have confidence that we have 30-31 votes. JD(S) K Srinivasa Gowda has expressed that he will vote for Congress. Now, let us see,” he added.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Minister CN Ashwath Narayan also said that all three BJP candidates will get elected today.

“I am sure that all our three candidates are going to get elected. Even though Siddaramaiah will think two to three times before voting for Congress, I think he will also vote for BJP. Anybody with value for democratic principles will never vote for Congress and JDS,” the minister said.

“Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is a leader of statesmanship. It is our honour to have such a political leader with no corruption background. Karnataka has benefitted because of her leadership,” Narayan added.

In Karnataka, JD(S) has fielded entrepreneur and social worker Kupendra Reddy as its first candidate in the Rajya Sabha election, while the Congress had fielded Mansoor Ali Khan as its second candidate to corner the JD(S) and its bid to send Kupendra Reddy to the Rajya Sabha.

Six candidates are in the fray for four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka.

A day ahead of the polling, former state chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday urged the Congress to give its second preferential votes to JDS, if it really wanted to defeat BJP. (ANI)

(With inputs from ANI)


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