Gov duty bound to invite BJP to form Govt: Venkaiah

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Bangalore, Oct 28: Bharatiya Janata Party's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today asserted that Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur was 'constitutionally bound' to invite BJP to form next government in the state, following the unconditional support extended by the Janata Dal(S).

Speaking to news persons here Mr Naidu, who is here to finalise the re-alliance of the two parties and formation of BJP led government, slammed the Congress party for trying to make a 'back door' entry to grab power. "Congress has been rejected by the people in the 2004 elections but nevertheless is hungry for power," he accused.

BJP, which preferred to go before the people after it was denied its rightful chance by the JD(S) early this month however changed its stand following the 'unethical means' adopted by the Congress to come to power, he said.

"In 2004 Congress managed to twist the mandate and assumed to power despite suffering a humiliating defeat. Again similar efforts are being made and BJP could not sit blind," he stated.

Urging the Governor to take steps to install the popular government led by the BJP, which had the majority support in the 224-member Karnataka assembly along with JD(S) support, Mr Naidu warned that any attempt to thwart the effort of forming BJP-JD(S) coalition government would meet with severe resistance.

UNI

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