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Rubbishing reports about the BJPattempting ‘Operation Lotus’ to topple the coalition government in Karnataka, state party chief B S Yeddyurappa Monday said there was no truth in it and alleged that the Congress-JD(S) combine was trying to lure opposition MLAs.
He came out to clear the air after senior Congress party leader DK Shivakumar accused the BJP of luring several opposition MLAs into their fold. “Horse trading is going on in the state. Three of our MLAs are in Mumbai in a hotel with some BJP MLAs and leaders. We are aware of what has transpired there and how much has been offered to them,” he said on Sunday. He also said that the development was part of BJP’s “Operation Lotus”, which is aimed at ousting the coalition government in Karnataka. Senior BJP leaders in Karnataka also refuted the claims with former Karnataka CM and senior leader BS Yeddyurappa saying,”There is no truth to all these rumours. This is between Congress and JD(S). We are not in touch with any of their MLAs. We are only focused on keeping our MLAs energised.” Union minister and BJP leader from Karnataka DV Sadanand Gowda advised the Congress to keep their house in order. “They (Congress) should keep their house in order. They are not able to keep their MLAs in Karnataka together and simply pinpointing at BJP,” he said.