Hubballi: All India Congress Committee general secretary and Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal stated that the Congress was open for re-alliance with JD(S) after the December 5 by-polls in the state.

He stated, “After by-polls, Yediyurappa’s government will face problems and for the sake of democracy and the people we (Congress) are open for an alliance with JD(S). We will hold talks with JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda if opportunity arises.”

Speaking to media persons in Hubballi on Sunday, he said that the BJP has made a mockery of democracy to capture power. "However, this by-poll will be the end of BJP government in the state and chief minister BS Yediyurappa will have to resign on December 9,” he stated.

He also added that people of Karnataka will teach a lesson to “those who made a mockery of democracy”.

“People know why the by-polls are being held. Keeping the party in mind and their faith on the 17 disqualified MLAs, the people had elected them. But they cheated the people and the party and resigned from their posts which led to the toppling of the HD Kumaraswamy government. Now they are contesting elections on a BJP ticket”.

“Three days into power of HD Kumaraswamy government, operation Kamala reared its head. The BJP has become a promoter of horse trading not only in Karnataka but in several other states. Here too, large sum of money was given for the disqualified MLAs to revolt against the coalition government,” Venugopal said.

He also lashed out Yediyurappa government stating that the saffron party had done nothing for the flood victims and were instead leisurely spending money for election campaign.

“The BJP is not worried about rebuilding the lives of flood victims instead they are keen on retaining power in Karnataka. They are spending too much money on campaigns for the upcoming by-polls on December 5. The people of Karnataka will give them a befitting reply on December 5,” said Venugopal.

15 constituencies in Karnataka will go to polls on December 5 and the results will be declared on December 9.