With the Karnataka Assembly presently hanging and both the BJP and Congress-JD(S) alliance staking claim to form government, JD(S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday claimed that the BJP offered his MLAs Rs 100 crore in bribes to break ranks and back the BJP to form government in the state.
The BJP has however rejected the allegations.
"Our MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP to break away. I want to know whether this is black or white money" said Kumaraswamy in a press meet.
"The JD(S)-Congress combine has 116 MLAs. The BJP is trying to misuse its power of being at the Centre and form its government through horsetrading" he added.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar promptly dismissed the charges, calling them 'imaginary'.
It may be mentioned here that the verdict of Karnataka election was declared on Tuesday and BJP emerged as the strongest party with victory in 104 seats. The Congress has won 78 seats while the JD(S) has won 37.