'Cong trying 'backdoor' entry to grab power'

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Bangalore, Oct 14: Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy today accused the Congress of playing 'backdoor' politics by keeping the State Assembly under suspended animation.

Speaking at the Idgah Maidan here after participating in Eid prayers, he alleged that the party (Congress), which led the UPA Government at the Centre, had a malicious intention of not bringing the state under President's rule. ''Let the Congress come out openly and say it is ready for a mid-term poll in the state,'' he challenged.

''The Congress leaders are singing the secular tune, stating that they want the secular forces to come together and form a government in Karnataka. This is nothing, but an attempt to grab power through the backdoor,'' he said, stressing that the JD(S) would not align with the party again.

Mr Kumaraswamy said the party's two-day Legislature party meeting, beginning here tomorrow, would discuss in detail the attempts being made by the Congress and the BJP to ''divide'' the party and take a final decision.

He denied that he had ''secret'' discussions with former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader B S Yediyurappa last night, as reported by a section of the media.


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