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Delay in Karnataka polls: BJP to move SC

Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | January 21, 2008 12:38 IST

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Eager to cash in on the sympathy factor of the voters, the Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to move the Supreme Court if the state assembly elections are delayed any further.

The BJP wants the elections to be held before May 2008. The Election Commission had recently stated that the polls will be held in Karnataka by the end of May, after the voters' list is revised.

Former chief minister and senior BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa said that the Congress is exploring various avenues to ensure that the polls are delayed, which would work to its advantage.

The BJP had earlier demanded that the elections should be held by February 2008. However, the election was delayed as the voters' list in the state had to be revised. The state BJP has said that it will explore all means, including legal ones, to ensure that polls in Karnataka are not delayed beyond May 2008.

The BJP has also accused the Congress of not sending the fresh delimitation report, which requires the Presidential assent. The BJP feels that the Congress is intentionally holding on to the report to delay the polls. The Congress is resorting to delaying tactics, alleges the BJP, to negate the latter's advantage in the state.

The state BJP feels that the voters would favour them at this point in time, after they were betrayed