New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Expressing anxiety over the delay in installing the BJP-Janata Dal (Secular) government in Karnataka, the BJP today wondered if the Congress was upto some mischief to deny the group clear majority in the state assembly.
Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said Karnataka was not a case of Goa or Jharkhand where the BJP had a wafer thin majority and the Congress had dislodged the governments using the offices of Governor in both states. The BJP is the single largest party with 79 MLAs and the JD(S) has the support of 45 MLAs who had given a sworn affidavits and presented themselves before the Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur and their signatures were verified at Raj Bhavan in Bangalore by the officials of the state legislature.
He said the Congress was decisively rejected by the people in 2004 elections and its numbers were reduced to 65, while the BJP and JD(S), the non-Congress parties had the people's mandate. He was addressing a meeting of BJP activists at the release of special issue of Sankalp, of Kamal Sandesh brought out by the Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Trust.
''The Governor is unmoved and the Congress which tried its best to split the JD(S) was now crying fowl'', he said alleging that the Congress was planning to use the Governor again to deny power the to the BJP-led political combination, like it scripted the misuse of Mr Sibte Razi in Jharkhand and Mr S C Zamir in Goa. He warned that any attempt to create problems in Karnataka would recoil on its perpetrators and they will have to face the consequences. ''Unko pyaz and joota khana padega'', he remarked.
He said the BJP very well understood that the Governors, be it Rameshwar Thakur, Mr Razi and Mr Zamir were only reading out the scripts written by their Delhi bosses. The Congress which bitterly fought Communists in Kolkata, Tiruvananthapuram and Agartala were thick friends in Delhi. While the opportunistic politics of these parties could be understood by one and all, their audacious attempt to preach principles was something astounding, he remarked.
Mr Naidu said the BJP had fought the authoritarian Congress right after the Independence and especially during the Emergency.
''We very well understand the eternal vigilance is the price one has to pay for democracy and the party was well entrenched to play its role all the times.'' UNI