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2 MLAs withdraw support: No threat to Cong-JD(S) Govt, says Gowda

Amid allegations of the BJP trying to poach the MLAs of the ruling coalition in Karnataka, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday asserted that there was no threat to the government headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy.

“It is not in anybody’s hands, including the media. However much you cry hoarse, nothing will happen because it is in the hands of God. When a party (JDS) of 38 MLAs gets the blessings of a national party (Congress), it is all the wish of God,” Gowda said.

His comments came just before two MLAs — H Nagesh (Independent) and R Shankar of the Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party — withdrew support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition.

Both the Congress and the BJP have been accusing each other of trying to lure away each other’s legislators.

The BJP has shifted its MLAs to a resort in Haryana’s Nuh district near the national capital, the source said on Tuesday.

On Sunday, state Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar had alleged that three Congress MLAs were camping in a hotel in Mumbai.

Gowda said it was an “illusion” to think that the Congress-JD(S) government was in trouble.

Gowda also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegations that Rs 60 crore and ministerial positions were offered to the MLAs of the ruling coalition by the BJP.

“Does it look good that a national party (BJP) is hoarding its 104 MLAs? I am not talking about Amit Shah but Modi, who talks a lot throughout the day,” he said.

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