Print Edition - 2018-05-17  |  World News Digest

BJP accused amid tense govt talks in Karnataka


May 17, 2018-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party hit back on Wednesday against charges it tried to bribe opposing lawmakers to change sides after an election in a south Indian state left no group with a majority. HD Kumaraswamy, a leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) party which came third in the Karnataka state election, said Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had offered $15 million each to as many as 32 lawmakers. The BJP dismissed the allegation as a “figment of imagination” and attacked Janata Dal and the country’s main opposition party, Congress. “The bitter enemies want to come together just for a marriage of convenience. It’s unethical,” Prakash Javadekar, human resource minister in the national government, told reporters. Tense negotiations are likely to form the next government in the state. The result is being closely watched as India builds up to a national election next year.

Published: 17-05-2018 08:36

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