Karnataka president of JD(S) H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday alleged that the BJP and Congress in the state are in “direct collaboration” to ensure victories for their own candidates in the coming legislative council and Rajya Sabha elections and in turn “finish off the JD(S) as a regional party.
“An understanding has been struck by (BJP leader and former CM) B S Yeddyurappa and (Congress minister) D K Shivakumar. Many Independents have been asked by the BJP to vote for the Congress in the June 11 Rajya Sabha polls, and Congress MLAs will vote for BJP’s Lehar Singh in the June 10 legislative council polls,’’ said Kumaraswamy.
“Even when the BJP was in power in Karnataka, the party and the Congress had secret agreements for many polls. They have these pacts and then they say the JD(S) is the villain,’’ he said.
While Yeddyurappa has denied the charges, the Congress has not reacted to the allegations.
The Congress and JD(S) are vying for the votes of approximately nine Independent MLAs and seven members of smaller parties in an effort to win one of the four Rajya Sabha seats. The JD(S), on the other hand, is in direct competition with BJP for the same votes to ensure victory for their second candidate in legislative council polls.
The JD(S) leader claimed that this “understanding” between the Congress and the BJP is intended to “finish off the JDS” as a regional party and enable an open field for national parties in Karnataka politics.