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Kumaraswamy to travel with MLAs on foreign trip to keep flock together?

As reports of the BJP planning to woo disgruntled leaders from the JD(S) camp is on the rise, sources say, HD Kumaraswamy is planning to take the MLAs on a trip to Malaysia. Speculation is rife that the BJP is in touch with a few who have decided to cross over.

Kumaraswamy to travel with MLAs on foreign trip to keep flock together?
Bengaluru, First Published Oct 31, 2019, 7:46 PM IST

Bengaluru: With Karnataka BJP planning to make its simple majority government strong by poaching JD(S) leaders ahead of the by-polls to 15 assembly segments, sources say that former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is planning to take JDS MLAs and MLCs to Malaysia in early November.

However, with a scathing attack from a few of its own leaders and opposition for “neglecting the people”, the JD(S) may plan to visit flood-hit areas in North Karnataka.

Speaking to Asianet Newsable, JD(S) President HK Kumaraswamy said, none from JD(S) will cross over because they are 'decent and respectful'.

"I agree there are few who have some differences but all that can be solved. And if anyone has any issue, they can bring it before our party high command. With regard to travelling to Malaysia, we will not go." said the JD(S) president.

However former minister and MLC Basavaraj Horatti who is said have been approached by few BJP leaders said that JD(S) MLCs are supposed to meet.  No one will not go to Malaysia as reported.

"As there is a severe flood in North Karnataka, the leaders will tour flood-hit parts, later meet party supremo HD Deve Gowda and then decide the next step," said Horatti.

BJP reacts:

Former minister and General Secretary Aravind Limbavali hinted that the BJP is open to take leaders to its fold and will welcome disgruntled JD(S) leaders.

"BJP is not poaching anyone. If leaders from other parties are willing to join, they are most welcome. Many JD(S) leaders are fed up with the party, as there is no internal democracy in the party." said Limbavali.

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