BJP in-charge for party affairs in Karnataka Prakash Javdekar today rejected Janata Dal (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy’s claims that BJP was indulging in ‘horse trading’ and was trying to lure MLAs from his party and Congress by offering as much as Rs 100 crore in cash and a cabinet berth to defecting legislators.
Speaking to reporters after BJPLP meeting here, when B S Yeddyurappa was elected the leader, Mr Javdekar said, ‘’it is actually the practice of JD(S) and Congress to offer allurements to rival party legislators to promote defection. It is not the practice in the BJP. We do not have this habbit. However some disgruntled MLAs of both JD(S) and Congress are in touch with us on their own’’.
He termed as ‘imaginary’ the claim of Mr Kumaraswamy that his partymen were being offered Rs.100 crore.
He said BJP had to be invited first to form the government in Karnataka by the Governor Vajubhai Vala as it had emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats out of 222 for which election was held on May 12.