Prakash urges Guv not to invite BJP to form Govt

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Bangalore, Oct 29 (UNI) Virtually rebelling against JD(S) President H D Deve Gowda, senior party leader M P Prakash, who was negotiating with the Congress in Karnataka, today urged Governor Rameshwar Thakur not to invite the BJP to form the Government.

Speaking to newspersons after meeting Mr Thakur here, Mr Prakash said any efforts to invite the BJP to form Government in the State would be ''inappropriate'', as the JD(S) had not followed the required procedure in extending its support to the BJP.

Strongly opposing the alignment again with the BJP to form the Government, Mr Prakash maintained that the 'U' turn by the JD(S) in its stand was nothing but a ''departure from established political norms.'' Mr Prakash, who took initiative on the behest of party Legislators to negotiate with Congress to explore the possibilities to form the next Government, said he would still pursue his efforts to avoid elections.

Stating that the situation may change in the next two days in favour of forming a non-BJP government, Mr Prakash denied that the JD(S) was heading for a split.

Referring to a letter written by Mr Gowda to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging to take steps to dissolve the assembly, Mr Prakash said Mr Gowda had done the right thing and urged him to stick to his stand and avoid unethical political activities.

Stating that political stability could not be ensured by inviting the BJP to form the government, as the issue of disqualification of 39 Legislators was still pending before the Assembly Speaker Krishna, Mr Prakash said, ''If the Speaker takes a different stand, the state would be plunged into another political crisis. The Governor, as per the Constitution, has to obtain a legitimate opinion that the parties staking claim would be able to provide a stable government,'' he added.

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