Acharya said that the BJP has a list of 20 disgruntled MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) and 15 are willing to crossover. Acharya observed that the 20 legislators who are willing to crossover will always pose a headache and the administration in Karnataka will be tough for the next 20 months
Bengaluru: The BJP leaders have so far refrained from commenting about toppling the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. However, the party spokesperson Vaman Acharya on Wednesday made it clear that they wanted to dislodge the government led by HD Kumaraswamy.
Reacting to Acharya’s comment, minister CS Puttaraju defended the government and said BJP's attempt to poach MLAs under ‘Operation Lotus’ has resulted in failure.
Acharya observed that the 20 legislators who are willing to crossover will always pose a headache and the administration in Karnataka will be tough for the next 20 months.
"These 20 legislators will always demand and pose a risk. Even if they stay with the current government or switch sides, they will continue to issue threats," Acharya opined.
He further added that although the MLAs come with demands, the BJP administration will be good as it will be monitored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I agree these 20 legislators are a risk, but the current government is more corrupt and hence we want to dismantle and dislodge the government. We have 15 members as in the coming days this will be clearer," said Acharya.
However, the JD(S) leader and minister Puttaraju said the attempts by the BJP have ended in failure.
“Time and again they (BJP) attempted to poach MLAs from the coalition but failed. Two MLAs have reached Bengaluru and rest are in touch with the chief minister. Nobody will cross over,” a confident Puttaraju said.
"As the operation Kamala resulted in abortion, the BJP's uterus is dead," said Puttaraju and also challenged Acharya to first contest an election and win and then air comments.
Last Updated 16, Jan 2019, 5:57 PM