Mysuru, Dec. 3 -- Former Karnataka chief minister and JD-S senior leader HD Kumaraswamy has refuted BJP's claim of a secret pact between his party and the Congress.

Addressing a JD(S) rally in Hunsur on Monday evening, Mr Kumaraswamy said the party had its own strength and did not have a 'secret understanding' with anybody. He also lashed out at the BJP candidate AH Vishwanath for telling people that he would become a Minister if re-elected.

''How will he become a Minister when the Yediyurappa government itself will collapse after December 9,'' he wondered.

The people of Karnataka will teach a fitting lesson to those who engineered defection. The lesson will stop the people from thinking about defection, he added.

Mr Kumaraswamy accused...