Bangalore, Oct 31: Senior BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj today urged Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur to invite the 'JD(S)-supported BJP' to form the next government in the state. She urged the Governor not to succumb to the 'pressure tactics' of the Congress, which was bent upon dissolving the Legislative Assembly, now under suspended animation.
Addressing a protest rally against the ''inordinate delay'' by the Governor in extending an invitation to the BJP to form the government, Ms Swaraj alleged that the Congress, with a history in toppling non-Congress state governments in the past, was exerting pressure on the Governor to deny an opportunity to the BJP to come to power.
Asserting that both the BJP and JD(S) legislators had demonstrated their unity in the presence of Governor with assurance to provide a stable government in the state, Ms Swaraj, also a former Union Minister, appealed to Mr Thakur to invite B S Yeddyurappa to form the government.
''A challenge was thrown before the Governor either to protect democracy by inviting the BJP to form a government or murder it by succumbing to pressures from the Congress,'' she said.
Declaring that the BJP and JD(S) were prepared to demonstrate their majority at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan if the Governor failed to discharge his constitutional obligations, Ms Swaraj warned of exposing the 'dirty politics' of the Congress. Alleging that at the ''instance of the Congress'', the UPA Government at the Centre tried to sabotage the people's mandate in Goa, Jharkhand, Bihar and now in Karnataka, she said, ''every time, people have taught a bitter lesson to the Congress.'' Charging that the Congress had tried its best to split the JD(S) through M P Prakash adopting dubious methods and after failing in it's efforts, it was now putting the Governor under tremendous pressure for the dissolution of the Assembly, Ms Swaraj strongly defended the BJP-JD(S) realignment.
''In politics, there is no permanent foe and friend. This was made evident when the Congress sought the support of DMK chief M Karunanidhi to form the UPA Government at the Centre, even though it had accused him as one of the 'chief conspirators' in the assassination of its leader Rajiv Gandhi, she charged.