Seeking to play down the issue over the bribery charge levelled by a party legislator against Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, senior state BJP leader and Industries Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu on Saturday gave a clean chit to the BJP-JDS coalition government head.
"I don't think the Chief Minister would have stooped to the level of collecting money from mine owners as is being alleged", he told reporters in Bangalore.
Seeking to down play the issue, raked up by his party MLC, Janardhana Reddy, he sought to dismiss it as a "purely local politics of Bellary" and said "BJP has no role in it".
He also asserted that the issue would not have any impact on the stability of the coalition government and added "there is a clear understanding between the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa".
Refusing to join issue with Reddy, BJP's Bellary unit chief, Naidu said "Reddy is also a responsible leader of the party and I am unable to understand why he chose to rush to the press instead of discussing it in the party forum".
Reddy had alleged that the Chief Minister had collected Rs 150 crore from mine owners and even claimed he had documentary evidence to prove his charge.
Differences of opinion among coalition government partners was a common phenomenon, he said and cited the on-going war of words among the partners of UPA.