Top Congress Minister has held talks with BJP on joining the party with 50 others after Lok Sabha polls, claims H.D. Kumaraswamy

The JD(S) leader refused to spell out the name of the Congress Minister he claimed was keen to join the BJP

December 10, 2023 01:16 pm | Updated 08:49 pm IST - Shivamogga

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy addressing a press conference in Hassan on Sunday.

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy addressing a press conference in Hassan on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Continuing his attack on the ruling government, former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy hinted at the possible collapse of the Congress government in Karnataka after the Lok Sabha polls, claiming that a top Minister had already held talks with BJP leaders at the Centre.

Speaking to presspersons in Hassan on Sunday, December 10, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he had information that a Congress Minister consulted BJP senior leaders at the Centre assuring that he would come out with 50 legislators. “A Minister has gone to the leaders at the Centre with an application to join them after the Lok Sabha polls. He has sought ‘relief’ for another six months so that he can join them with 50 or 60 MLAs,” he said. However, he did not spell out the name of the Congress Minister.

“Anything can happen after the Lok Sabha polls,” he said. “Something similar to what happened in Maharashtra can happen here too. Nobody is honest or committed to the party. They will look after their individual benefits. This has happened all along in politics,” the former Chief Minister said.

The Congress has been boasting about having won 135 seats in the State Assembly polls. “However, we know what their actual position will be in the Lok Sabha elections,” he commented.

Referring to the socio-economic survey, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Chief Minister was trying to “divide people on caste lines” in the name of caste census. Further, on the CM’s assurance of ₹10,000 crore for the development of minorities, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he was not opposed to providing funds for the Muslims. “But what about the Hindus? All Hindus are not upper castes. There are Dalits and the poor. What about them?” he said.

On copra prices

Commenting on the dip in copra prices, Mr. Kumarswamy said coconut growers in Hassan, Tumakuru, and other districts suffered due to the fall.

“The State Government has treated coconut growers like beggars by announcing a support price of only ₹1,200 per quintal. The people of the State should understand how the government is treating them,” he said.

Further, he said he would take out a padayatra from Arasikere to Tumakuru to awaken both the State and the Centre on this issue after the Assembly session. I will take out the padayatra despite health issues. If I were the Chief Minister, I would have ensured ₹15,000 per quintal of copra,” he said.

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