Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-03 12:29 Bengaluru: Money seems to be the determining factor in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. For, a sting operation conducted by two national television channels exposed four MLAs – two from JD(S), one from Karnataka Janata Paksha and an independent MLA – allegedly demanding money in crores to support the candidates in the Rajya Sabha elections to be held on June 11. Two JD(S) legislators - Mallikarjun Khuba (Basavakalyan), G.T. Deve Gowda (Chamundeshwari), KJP MLA BR Patil (Aland) and independent MLA Varthur Prakash (Kolar) were seen allegedly demanding money from five to ten crores. A candidate needs 45 votes to win – Congress is short by 12 votes for their third candidate (KC Ramamurthy) and JD(S) needs ten votes for its only candidate (BA Farooq). The negotiators when contacted Khuba, he allegedly said that he was ready to vote in favour of Congress candidate for Rs five crore. Although the audio was not clear, he is allegedly said to have claimed that he has a team of MLAs who can cross vote and for that just one or two crores will not do. But the audio was not clear. Chamundeshwari constituency MLA GT Deve Gowda’s son-in-law Ram allegedly asked the negotiators whether they were ready to pay Rs 10 crore for a vote? Independent MLA Varthur Prakash, who is said to be close to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, allegedly told the negotiators that it would not be a problem for independent MLAs to vote for money. However, all these MLAs have denied the charges and demanded a probe into the video. Congress candidate KC Ramamurthy said he was surprised about the claims made by the channels and claimed he had no idea about the sting operation. Even JD(S) MLA Patil said that he will never stoop to the level of seeking money for his vote. He demanded an inquiry in to the operation. While Varthur and Farooq were not available for the comments, Deve Gowda denied negotiating for money. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has taken note of the sting operations and is likely to act after studying the footage.