Bengaluru: With Karnataka Assembly set for the trust vote today (July 22), chief minister HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP for creating a crisis in Karnataka and forcefully taking away MLAs who are part of the Congress-JDS coalition. He said that the party was indulging in immoral politics to capture power.

A press release was issued by Kumaraswamy ahead of the trust vote likely to be held today. The coalition government consisting of JD(S) and Congress in Karnataka still lacks the magic number to prove majority.

While the trust vote had been moved on July 18 it has been delayed due to various reasons. But the opposition BJP has demanded that it must be held as quickly as possible.

"It is a matter of immense pain and disgust that the BJP has not only taken Karnataka's political scenario to a new low, but also set a new benchmark in the country for immoral politics," Kumaraswamy replied to the BJP.

"The BJP has made a mockery of democracy by taking away several MLAs from ruling coalition forcefully. The TV footage has clearly shown BJP leaders and functionaries accompanying our MLAs to Mumbai in special aircraft," he added.

Kumaraswamy also accused the BJP of creating the situation with the sole ambition to capture power through immoral and illegal ways. He said the BJP has been demanding that he must resign immediately and has even got the Raj Bhavan to set deadlines for putting the confidence motion into vote.

"I want to make it amply clear that I am not trying to cling onto power. My only intention of seeking time for debate on trust vote is to let the entire country know how the BJP, which talks of morality, is trying to subvert the very principles of democracy as well as Constitution," Kumaraswamy reacted to claims of BJP stating that he was purposely delaying the trust vote.

In his request to the MLAs to return, he said, "At this juncture, I would like to appeal to such MLAs who have gone away from us to please attend the legislature session and narrate how the BJP took them away forcefully. I request them to explain on the floor of the House how the BJP sabotaged democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity.”

"I also want to tell such MLAs that let there be no hesitation. Let us sit together and discuss all the issues including your problems, if any, and arrive at a solution to save this democratically elected government from the evil forces which are trying to shake the very foundation of democracy by misusing their political influence," he added.

The MLAs on the other hand released a video stating that they are staying in Mumbai on their own will. They also made it clear that they will not support the government or take part in the trust vote. They demanded that their resignations be accepted.