The CM also dubbed the BJP ‘a sinking boat’ and claimed that the party’s slide will begin with the Gujarat elections.

BJP MLAs looking to join Congress in Karnataka claims CM Siddaramaiah
news Politics Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 09:22

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that he was in touch with a few BJP MLAs and revealed that some of them were willing to join the Congress.

Speaking to reporters near his residence in Bengaluru, Siddaramaiah disclosed that the Congress was yet to take a collective decision on whether they would admit BJP leaders into the party.

“We will decide whether to take them into the party or not, only after analysing their popularity in their respective constituencies,” the chief minister was quoted as saying in the Deccan Herald.

The Chief Minister however refused to share the names of BJP members looking to join the Congress. Siddaramaiah disclosed this while clarifying that senior BJP leader Umesh Katti, who attacked top BJP leaders for allegedly stopping him from attending Lingayat conventions, had not joined the Congress party.

"I am on good terms with him. Also, a few BJP MLAs are in touch with me. But I cannot reveal their names, nor can I say anything about the number," said Siddaramaiah according to a report in the Times of India.

BJP MLA and Lingayat leader Umesh Katti had kicked off a political storm by alleging that his party leaders had stopped him from attending rallies in support of a separate religion status for Lingayats. He also used derogatory language while speaking about the BJP leaders who stopped him from attending the rallies, but did not disclose the names of the leaders, according to a report by The Hindu.

The CM also dubbed the BJP ‘a sinking boat’ and claimed that the party’s slide will begin with the Gujarat elections.

“In poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah's home state, BJP will suffer a setback. The people of Gujarat are fed up with the BJP, and want change. They are favouring the Congress,” he said.

Karnataka is set for Assembly elections in April-May next year and political leaders have already begun taking potshots at each other. 

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