Karnataka Operation Lotus | Will the Congress government fall in Karnataka? Siddaramaiah claims – BJP is running Operation Lotus, MLAs offer Rs 50 crore

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged that the BJP was trying to run ‘Operation Lotus’ in the southern state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. In an exclusive interview with India Today TV’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, the Chief Minister claimed that the BJP had “offered Rs 50 crore” to the ruling Congress MLAs to jump on board. The reaction came after Siddaramaiah was asked about the BJP, alleging that the Congress government led by him would collapse if the old party lost the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka.

“They have been trying to break my government for the past one year. Our MLA was offered Rs 50 crore. They tried and failed,” Siddaramaiah told India Today TV. Asked if it would be easy for a Congress-led government to fall if it loses the elections, Siddaramaiah vehemently denied it.

The Chief Minister told Rajdeep Sardesai, “This is not possible. Our MLAs will not leave. Not a single MLA will leave our party.” Siddaramaiah also said that the Congress government would complete its five-year term under his leadership.

BJP MPS Prakash in a phone conversation with India Today TV rejected all the allegations of Karnataka Chief Minister terming them as “unfortunate”.

S Prakash said, “It is very unfortunate that he is repeatedly making such allegations to gain the sympathy of a section of the society that supports him.” He added that instead of focusing on the key issues and achievements of Siddaramaiah’s Congress-led government in Karnataka, the chief minister was making “fictitious” allegations.

“Instead of focusing on winning 28 seats in Karnataka in the Lok Sabha elections, Siddaramaiah is only focusing on establishing his footing after the elections,” said the BJP MP.

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