Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Krishna Byre Gowda while talking to media persons on Monday. Photo/ANI
Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Krishna Byre Gowda while talking to media persons on Monday. Photo/ANI

Three Karnataka Cong MLAs visit Mumbai, trigger charges of horse-trading

ANI | Updated: Jan 14, 2019 17:19 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] Jan 14 (ANI): A Mumbai visit by three Congress MLAs of Karnataka triggered charges of horse-trading on Monday, with the Congress alleging efforts to destabilise the H D Kumaraswamy government by the BJP which rejected the accusations.
Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Krishna Byre Gowda alleged that the BJP was trying to poach the ruling party's MLAs to destabilise the JD(S)-Congress government
The charges were made after three Congress MLAs visited Mumbai, reportedly along with some BJP MLAs.
"The fact is BJP is indulging in poaching undemocratically. BJP is behind efforts to destabilise this government. It is not specific to today," Byre Gowda said.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, on his part, sought to downplay the issue, saying the three MLAs had informed him about the visit and were continuously in touch with him during the visit.
"They went to Mumbai after informing me. My government isn't under any threat. I know who all BJP is trying to contact and what they're offering," he said, adding he could "handle it".
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader G. Parameshwara held an urgent meeting with party leaders over reports that the MLAs were allegedly taken by the leaders to Mumbai.
However, Parameshwara said that the meeting was on the upcoming budget session and to take stock of the implementation of last year's budget provisions.
Some of the dignitaries presented in the meeting were state working president of Janata Dal (Secular) Eshwar Khandre, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar, Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Shivakumar acknowledged that three MLAs were in Mumbai .
"Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, all the parties are doing their agenda and Congress President Rahul Gandhi has clearly spoken about it. Everything will be fine and there is nothing to worry about," he said.
"I am not talking about whether BJP MLAs are in Congress or Congress MLAs in BJP. I didn't say they are Congress MLAs, but it's true that three MLAs are there (in Mumbai). I know their transportation records and flight details," he added.
Responding to the charges, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and senior BJP leader from Karnataka DV Sadananda Gowda told ANI that the Congress is failing to keep its flock in the state together and instead blaming the BJP.
State BJP spokesman S Prakash the Congress has a habit of blaming the BJP when they "can't keep their flock together." (ANI)