Congress MLA: Horse-trading audio clip released against BJP fake

Marco Green
May 22, 2018

According to the sources, the Congress, having 78 MLAs wanted two deputy CMs-one a Dalit and another a Lingayat-and a lion's share in the state's cabinet.

The May 12 Karnataka assembly polls threw up a hung verdict with BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats.

There were unconfirmed reports that the coalition government would have 20 ministers from the Congress and 13 from the JD (S), the Congress being the larger party of the two.

"Opposition unity will take off on Wednesday; several leaders including N. Chandrababu Naidu, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, Ajit Singh, chief of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Dushyant Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal and Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Part of India (Maoist) are part of the guest list invited for the event", said Danish Ali, senior JD (S) leader, who accompanied Kumaraswamy to Delhi for meetings with the Gandhis as well as Mayawati. Kumaraswamy will take oath as chief minister of Karnataka on May 23 at 4.30 pm on the steps of the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat. The Congress chief also extended his full support to the JD (S) chief for the "long-term relationship". KPCC chief G. Parameshwara is among the frontrunners for the deputy chief minister's post. I want to make it clear in Manipur we went first to stake claim to form government.

However, senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said the Congress-JD (S) combine would most likely sweep Old Mysore, including all urban seats as BJP would be a distant second against their combined strength in the region.

After the meeting, Kumaraswamy told reporters he had invited both Sonia and Rahul for the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru and they have agreed to come. "We have not discussed any future course of action", he said.

Meanwhile, at an event in Bengaluru, Parameshwara said hard times were ahead, but there was a need to stop the BJP from coming to power in the southern state.

"He assured Rahul Gandhi that he will continue to seek guidance both on governance, policy and welfare issues which is the agenda of the Congress and JD (S) coalition".

The BJP is banking on north Karnataka and coastal Karnataka to retain its tally.

About charges of horse-trading leveled at the BJP by the Congress and JD (S), Shah said: "Humpe horse-trading ka aarop lagaya hai, lekin Congress ne poora ka poora astabal bech khaya hai (Congress has accused us of horse-trading, but they are the ones who have sold out the entire stable)". A decision on the Speaker will also be taken Tuesday.

"We may see hard times ahead".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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