Hassan, Nov 8: A fresh ‘Operation Lotus’ attempt by Karnataka state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has come to light with Sringeri MLA T D Raje Gowda revealing that BJP leaders had contacted him with an offer to join their party.
The first-time Congress MLA told reporters here that BJP State president and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had contacted him through his relatives and a BJP leader, who had contested for the Sakleshpur seat on the party ticket.
“They had offered me Rs. 50 crore along with a ministerial berth to join the BJP. They also offered Rs. 100 crore, if I was ready to give up a ministerial berth. They had contacted me about three months ago,” he said.
Mr. Gowda said he was a committed worker of the Congress and would not leave the party no matter what.
“I have come into politics with certain principles. I won this time because of the hard work of our workers. I have not thought of quitting the party,” he said.
The MLA felt that in the wake of the results of the bypolls, the BJP might stop the efforts to lure MLAs. He was here to visit Hasanamba temple.
BJP offered me Rs 50-cr plus ministerial berth or Rs 100-cr: Sringeri MLA