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'Congress playing dirty games in Karnataka'
November 02, 2007 15:03 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday demanded that Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur immediately call the BJP to form the government as they had the required strength.
Referring to reported statements by senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily, that the governor had sent a "statement of facts" to the Centre, the BJP wondered how this was made known to him as the report has not been made public.
Senior leader Venkiah Naidu, while speaking to reporters in Chennai, charged the Congress with "playing dirty games" to stop the BJP from coming to power.
"It's more than a week since the MLAs met the Governor, but he still has not invited us to form the government, despite us having the support of 129 MLAs," Naidu said.
Charging Moily with being "privy to the Governor's recommendations," he said the Raj Bhavan was working according to the "dictations of the Congress"
Asked what the party's future course would be in this regard, Naidu said that they would wait for a day or two following an assurance by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] to top BJP leaders that that "he will go by the Constitution.
"If required, we will take the MLAs to Delhi and present them before the President," he said.
He also ruled out any possible dissolution of the assembly, as "Parliament has to approve it."
"The assembly cannot be dissolved in anyway. Let there be a trial of strength on the floor of the house," Naidu said.
Naidu also recollected the 'urgency' with which the Bihar assembly was dissolved in 2005, "despite Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal-United having the required majority."