'Conspiracy within BJP prevented Power transfer'

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Bangalore, Oct 7: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today alleged that a conspiracy of ''manipulative politics'' was hatched within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to prevent Mr B S Yediyurappa from becoming Chief Minister after the transfer of power on October 3.

Speaking to newspersons here after the Janata Dal(Secular) Legislature Party meeting, he claimed though Mr Yediyurappa stayed in the city for several days from September 30, he did not put in efforts to pave the way for the transfer of power. His meeting with JD(S) Chief H D Deve Gowda was also not made public yet.

''It is a lobby of some state BJP leaders that succeeded in prevailing upon him to prevent the transfer of power and Mr Yediyurappa is the victim,'' he alleged. Recalling developments during the last week, he said this lobby continuously ''misled'' Mr Yediyurappa and succeeded in its venture.

The conduct of some BJP leaders was only responsible for the non-transfer of power.

''That is why no BJP leader made any effort to discuss with me on the transfer of power during the last one week. Mr Yediyurappa should sit along and ponder over these leaders,'' he added.

To a question, the Chief Minister said he would call on Governor Rameshwar Thakur tomorrow and appeal to him to provide him a chance to prove his strength in the Assembly.

He said his intention was to tell people about the transfer of power and the developments that occurred in the last 20 months, through the Assembly.

On whether his party would seek support from the Congress, he replied in negative and said: ''It is not necessary for me to go and beg the Congress to support me. We prefer a mid-term polls,'' he remarked.

His party would also embark on a state-wide tour to enlighten the people about the reasons that prevented the transfer of power to the BJP.


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