`Operation Lotus’ now makes Kumaraswamy uneasy

After BJP state president and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa was practically forced to suspend his ambitious `Operation Lotus’ campaign to destabilize the ruling coalition by poaching some of its MLAs, after he was locked in legal complication, now chief minister HD Kumaraswamy sensing its heat.

Following chief minister constitution of SIT against audio evidence on poaching of MLAs, it may be recalled Yeddyurappa was forced to seek anticipatory bail. Now, the trouble water spreading towards chief minister, after a social activist TJ Abraham filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, against him and three others in this regard.

Trouble brews for chief minister HD Kumaraswamy after a social activist TJ Abraham filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau against him and three others in relation to Operation Lotus.

“Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy arranged for funds to the tune of  Rs 5 crore for Kolar MLA Srinivas Gowda so that he could pay it back to Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. He wanted to retain the Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs in his own fold and prevent them from defecting to the BJP.”

Reacting to the development, Tanveer Ahmed, JD(S) national spokesperson said, “If TJ Abraham has any evidence, let him produce it before the investigative agency. We believe in the law of the land and the judiciary. We will completely cooperate with the police.”

But the BJP laments the fact that the dignity of the office of the chief minister has been brought down.   As the charges against Chief Minister are grave, BJP spokesperson Shreenath Seshadri said that they have only played a game to besmirch the reputation of the BJP. All these things have been done to keep the flock together, he added.

Kolar MLA Srinivas Gowda had alleged that BJP leaders had approached him with a request to join their party and handed over a sum of Rs 5 crore. On his part, he had informed CM HD Kumaraswamy about the offer and kept the money with him.  

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