Elections in K'taka only option to end crisis: Naidu

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New Delhi, Oct 11 (UNI) Taking note of the Congress' attempts to cobble together a majority in Karnataka, the BJP today said early elections were the only solution to end the crisis in the state and any attempt on the part of the party to make a 'backdoor entry' into the corridors of power would not be received well by the people.

Asked to comment about the Congress' attempts in Karnataka, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said there was a sympathy wave in the state for the BJP and former Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who was denied his rightful claims.

''At this rate, the BJP will come to power on its own whenever the elections are held,'' Mr Naidu, who has been handling the Karnataka BJP affairs for over a decade, noted.

He said it was unfortunate that the Congress had not learnt anything from its past mistakes. The party was decisively rejected by the people in the 2004 Assembly elections but it twisted the mandate by aligning with the Janata Dal (Secular) and any further efforts will only damage the party's image ahead of an imminent Lok Sabha elections, Mr Naidu added.

The leader said the BJP-JD (S) alliance had done good only for the BJP.

The coalition had provided several BJP leaders, including Mr Yediyurappa, an opportunity to handle some important departments and ministries. Mr Yediyurappa gave three popular and development-oriented budgets, winning the heads and hearts of the people.

''I am sure the people will provide BJP a comfortable majority in the larger interest of the people.'' Mr Naidu, a Rajya Sabha MP from the state, said Gujarat would be the next state where the BJP will be regaining power and Himachal and Karnataka would be not far behind at a time when elections to the Lok Sabha were looming large.

He said the postponemnt of the ''divorce'' between the UPA and the Left parties was an indication of imminent Lok Sabha polls.

''We hope and expect the Election Commission to make all preparations to hold elections in Karnataka at the earliest,'' he said, adding he foresaw no problem in the UPA government getting Parliament's approval for dissolution of the state Assembly.

Mr Naidu said the sops given by the Union Cabinet were a clear sign that elections were round the corner and no amount of such populist measures of the UPA would help the government to sail through.

''People of the country can see through the games and motives behind such measures,'' he added.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, Union Minister of State for Planning M V Rajasekharan, who is tipped to be the Congress' forerunner for the state's Chief Minister's post, told UNI that the party was yet to decide if it should form the government in Karnataka and he would not like to comment on the issue unless he had definite clues about the intentions of the party.

''We are loyal soldiers of the Congress and its President Sonia Gandhi,'' he said, indicating his willingness to shoulder the responsibility, if given by the party.


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