Karnataka Congress MLA claims Kumaraswamy took Rs 10 crore from BJP to field candidate in bypoll

Congress’s Zameer Ahmed has alleged that former Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy took Rs 10 crore from the BJP to field a JD(S) candidate to contest Basavakalyan Assembly bypoll.

Former Congress Minister Zameer Ahmed has alleged that former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy took Rs 10 crore from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to field a JD(S) candidate from Basavakalyan Assembly seat for the bypolls.

The allegation comes ahead of voting in the bypolls to two assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka. The death of legislator B Narayan Rao due to coronavirus in September last year has necessitated the bypoll in Basavakalyan.

JD(S) had earlier said that the party would not field any candidate to contest the byelections. Now that the party has, Congress has alleged that Kumaraswamy has fielded a candidate after accepting Rs 10 crore from the BJP.

“Devegowda had earlier said there was no money for the elections and so, the party can’t fight the bypolls. Now Kumaraswamy has taken Rs 10 crore from the BJP to field a minority candidate. You [Kumaraswamy] are a former chief minister, why stoop to this level,” Zameer Ahmed said.

Congress leader Zameer also questioned the intention of the JD(S) to field candidates in Basavakalyan, Maksi, and Belgaum bypolls.

Calling Kumaraswamy an agent of the BJP, Zameer said, “Why are you taking money from BJP? This is dalal money. You’re an agent of the BJP. I don’t want to talk about Devegowda, his politics is different. But Kumaraswamy is resorting to this today, it’s shameful for us to speak about this.”

Reacting to the allegations, JD(S) spokesperson Tanveer Ahmed said, “Zameer Ahmed is loose cannon of Congress. Zameer was the candidate and three-time MLA from our party. Please tell us how we took the money then? Congress has lost all grounds to fight for the minorities. Zameer should abstain from making such comments.”

The bypolls will be held on April 17 and the counting of votes will take place on May 2.

Source: India Today

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