Mysore, Oct 15 (UNI) Former Karnataka minister and senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Revanna today strongly condemned the Congress Party for alleged 'backdoor' efforts to capture power in the state.
Addressing a news conference here, he alleged that with the Centre's influence, the Congress forced implementation of President's rule.
Mr Revanna challenged the party to face elections instead of continuation of President rule in the state.
Denying reports that JD(S) had been trying to align with Congress to form the government in the state again, he said ''JD(S) had never knocked the doors of the Congress and his party legislators are ready to face the elections and seek clear mandate from the people who have witnessed the best governance under the former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy during the last 20 months.'' He also alleged the Congress partymen have been trying to make Rajbhavan their office and putting efforts to clear the old files of them.
They have even succeeded in cancelling more then 4500 nominations made by the government soon after President's rule was imposed, he also charged.
Mr Revanna also appealed to Governor Rameshwar Thakur to act according to the Constitutional framework and not yield to pressure from any political party.
Defending his party's action of denying transfer of power to BJP, he said neither the JD(S) nor Mr Kumraswamy has not done anything wrong. It was the duty of Mr Kumraswamy to seek clarification from BJP on certain matters, but the BJP leadership was not ready for talks and took their own decision, which resulted in President's rule.
Referring to JD(S) legislators meeting in Bangalore today, he said the meeting has been arranged to study the prevailing political situation in the state and preparing for the elections, the only option left. All legislators and senior leaders in the party were united and had complete faith in the leadership of Mr Kumraswamy as well as the national President and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, he added.