Rajya Sabha polls: Congress' FIR against JD(S) leader in Karnataka

CM Siddaramaiah confirms that the FIR was registered over D. Kupendra Reddy “threatening” Congress MLAs

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (photo: @siddaramaiah/X)
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (photo: @siddaramaiah/X)


An FIR has been registered against the JD(S) leader D Kupendra Reddy, who was contesting the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka, and his aides at the Vidhana Soudha police station in Bengaluru, former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday, 27 February.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah too confirmed that an FIR has been registered for “threatening” the Congress MLAs in connection with the Rajya Sabha elections.

“The Congress leaders not only spoke about allurement and threat to their MLAs time and again but also registered an FIR against Kupendra Reddy and his aides,” the JD(S) second-in-command told reporters in Bengaluru.

Kumaraswamy said the complainant MLA did not say that he was lured, but that some other MLAs were “approached”.

“Melukote MLA Darshan Puttannaiah of Karnataka Sarvodaya Paksha too had said that it’s true that his vote was sought but no one had lured him,” the JD(S) state chief claimed.

Kumaraswamy also said the BJP and the JD(S) had decided that the votes of its 19 JD(S) MLAs and the additional BJP votes after its first preferential votes would go to Kupendra Reddy.

Siddaramaiah slammed the JD(S) for allegedly trying to lure Congress legislators to get its candidate Kupendra Reddy elected.

“JDS needs 45 votes (for their candidate) to win. Do they have that many votes? Even though they don’t have enough votes, they still fielded the candidate and are luring our MLAs. Do they have a conscience?” the chief minister asked rhetorically, posting on social media platform X earlier.

“An FIR has been lodged regarding the threat to us,” Siddaramaiah said.

Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha here, Siddaramaiah slammed the minor partner in the opposition alliance, saying, “When JD(S) does not have atma (soul), how can it have atma sakshi (conscience)? They call themselves Janata Dal (Secular) but whom did they join with?” He was referring to the JD(S) forming an alliance with the BJP.

The chief minister did not rule out the possibility of gaining votes from the rival camp, saying the good works of his government may draw votes from the other side.

On the JD(S) allegations that the Congress had approached its party MLAs, Siddaramaiah said that given the Congress has a sufficient number of MLAs, there was no need to lure legislators from the opposition.

The Congress has 133 MLAs, excluding the Speaker, while the BJP and JD(S) have 66 and 19 legislators respectively in the 223-member House. Others account for four. However, one Congress MLA died on Sunday, 25 February.

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