The Congress Party on Friday pinned the blame on Janata Dal (Secular) following a sting operation, which showed the Karnataka MLAs seeking bribes ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, and said it is an open secret that HD Kumaraswamy-led party has not been able to keep its flock together.Congress leader DK Shivakumar said that none of the Congress leaders are involved. “Why do we need trading? They are not animals to be traded; they are not animals to be poached. They are our leaders, important leaders, respected leaders. I have come from their constituencies, (they have) won with a huge margin and it is our duty to respect them. The relationship has to be made strong,” said Shivakumar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Though the JD(S) has 40 numbers, it could not keep the flock together. It is an open secret. But still we are not worried about JD(S), it is the JD(S) to look it out,” he added. Recalling his association with electoral politics, Shivakumar said that he has also been a part of this system with lot of friends. “But as far as JD(S) is concerned, even the other Congress MLAs who have spoken on various issues they have looked at the common scenario of the constituencies of the independent MLAs. Apart from that, none of them have been involved in any financial transactions. “We know our commitment,” said Shivakumar.
ALSO READ Karnataka: MLAs demand crores to sell their votes for June 11 Rajya Sabha polls”I am in the public life since last 30-35 years. This is my sixth term in the assembly. I have seen so many council elections, Rajya Sabha elections and we have been involved in it, we know how sensitive these elections are,” he added.On Thursday, a group of MLAs from Karnataka were shown by a television news channel purportedly demanding money in crores for supporting a candidate in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The Rajya Sabha elections to four seats on June 11 is witnessing an intense fight between BM Farooq of the JD (S) and KC Ramamurthy of the Congress.The ruling Congress in Karnataka has fielded three candidates – former ministers Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh, and former IPS officer KC Ramamurthy. Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is the BJP’s nominee while real estate baron BM Farooq will contest for the Janata Dal (Secular).

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Karnataka: Congress blames Janata Dal (Secular) in bribery case for Rajya Sabha polls