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Ravi Shankar Prasad calls Siddaramaiah's charges against Modi 'malicious'

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS): Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday hit out at former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading to bring the BJP to power in the state.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that the government formation process in Karnataka is the prerogative of Governor Vajubhai R. Wala.

"I will not make any comment as far as Karnataka government formation process is concerned, as this is solely in the discretion of the Rajyapalji (Governor). He should take a call," he said addressing a press conference here.

He said he had seen in the media the utterly "irresponsible, misleading and malicious" comments by Siddaramaiah levelling "reckless and unfounded" allegations against the Prime Minister.

"I completely deny all this baseless and unfounded allegations," he said.

Prasad said the election in Karnataka was not just a "routine" election. "This election was to elect a new government after five years. It may be appropriate to understand the nature of the mandate. And the mandate is that the Chief Minister contested from two seats and lost badly at one of them while somehow managed to win from another seat. His 16 cabinet colleagues lost," he said.

The May 12 Assembly election in the state has thrown up a fractured mandate with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party with 104 seats in the 224-member House, falling eight seats short of the 112 needed to form a government in the state.

The Minister said the Prime Minister during his address at the BJP headquarters after the party's win did not say anything wrong.

"What he spoke was seen and heard by the country. What he said was very clear that he thanked profoundly the voters of Karnataka for the way they came out to vote and sought a change and also the affection they showered on him.

"He also said that government shall remain committed for the development of Karnataka," Prasad added.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Wed, May 16 2018

    Karnataka will now become another UP. God save Karnataka. After the EVM tampering has failed in giving a majority to the BJP they will now tamper with the peoples mandate by resorting to Horse Trading. Ravi Shakar Prasad is trying to fool us by telling that Modi is not engaging in Horse Trading. we have seen what happened in Gujarat.

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  • Hariprasad Hegde, Mangalore/Udupi

    Wed, May 16 2018

    You'll are bloody virus to our country... later or sooner you'll are going to kill this country.

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Wed, May 16 2018

    BJP may be did before in other States but will not do in Karnataka.. Modiji will not allow it (Horse Trading) hence JDS & Congress will form Government.

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  • samimran, mangalore

    Wed, May 16 2018

    siddu and kumra anna should not allow andh bakths party to rule Karnataka. Governor must give a chance to congress and JDS to form the govt. jai. JDS..Jai Congress.. Down Down BJP

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