BSP rushes se­nior party leader to Kar­nataka to ‘pro­tect’ lone MLA

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

LUCKNOW: Fear­ing that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may poach its lone leg­is­la­tor N Ma­hesh in Kar­nataka, Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) pres­i­dent Mayawati has sent a leader from the party to keep a watch on him.

“The BJP gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre is mis­us­ing power to form gov­ern­ment in Kar­nataka the way it did in Goa, Ma­nipur and Megha­laya,” Mayawati said.

A se­nior BSP leader fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ment said the party had sent its zonal co­or­di­na­tor and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Ashok Sid­dharth to stay in touch with party leg­is­la­tor N Ma­hesh, who was elected from the Kol­le­gal con­stituency in Chama­ra­jana­gar dis­trict of Kar­nataka.

“Since the BJP re­quires eight MLAS to prove ma­jor­ity in Kar­nataka, fear of horse-trad­ing looms large. BJP lead­ers had re­port­edly con­tacted Ma­hesh and his fam­ily to pur­sue him to sup­port Yed­dyu­rappa. Alarmed over this, Mayawati has di­rected Sid­dharth to visit Bengaluru and re­main in touch with Ma­hesh,” he said on con­di­tion of anonymity. He added that Sid­dharth, who is BSP in charge of Kar­nataka, was en­sur­ing that BJP lead­ers did not suc­ceed in woo­ing him.

“Ma­hesh has in­formed the BSP lead­ers that he has re­jected the BJP’S of­fer and told them to con­tact party na­tional pres­i­dent Mayawati. He will sup­port the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar),” he said.

The BSP chief on Thurs­day said the poli­cies of the BJP were dan­ger­ous for democ­racy and that the lat­ter was try­ing to weaken the Con­sti­tu­tion. “The Jd(s)-bsp-congress al­liance had the num­bers to form gov­ern­ment in Kar­nataka, yet the gov­er­nor ad­min­is­tered oath for the post of CM to BS Yed­dyu­rappa which is con­demnable,” she said.


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