Dharwad: Former minister and MLC Basavaraj Horatti has hinted at a possible BJP-JDS alliance after the by-polls.

Basavaraj Horatti openly said, “If BJP wins more than 8 seats in the upcoming by-polls only then will the government be stable. In case they (BJP) don’t win 8 seats, they might form an alliance with the JD(S).

Addressing media on Monday (Nov 18), Basavaraj Horatti said it wouldn’t be surprising if both the parties join hands and form government.

“Those who win the upcoming by-polls from BJP, will surely be given Cabinet berths. Won’t be surprised to see BJP and JD(S) form an alliance if they (BJP) don’t win 8 seats,” said Horatti.

Further, Basavaraj Horatti spoke about wasting money and consumables for the sake of celebration and said it was not justified at all when many are starving in the country.

Horatti said, “The government should ban huge apple garlands. If the 2-3 quintals of apples are given to the needy instead of garlanding candidates, we will prosper as a country. It’s not a big deal to submit a nomination paper while celebrating in such grandeur.”

Horatti also spoke about Nikhil Kumaraswamy who was massively defeated by independent candidate Sumalatha in the Assembly elections.

“Nikhil Kumaraswamy is a good man and he needs to grow politically. But no one should involve themselves in doing things extravagantly. I can’t predict how many constituencies JD(S) will win in the upcoming by-polls, however I can talk about it only when we win, said Horatti.

Karnataka will go to polls on December 5 for the seats that were vacated when rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were disqualified. Their disqualification caused the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy administration and paved the way for BS Yediyurappa to return to the chief minister’s seat. The fate of the government will once again be decided based on whether the BJP will win 8 seats or more to stay on power or if they will form an alliance with JD(S) as Horatti has predicted.