BJP legislators begin indefinite dharna in K'taka

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Bangalore, Nov 3: Bharatiya Janata Party legislators today began indefinite dharna in front of Gandhi Statue here this morning pressing for installation of the BJP-Janata Dal(Secular) coalition government in Karnataka.

Addressing the agitators, BJP national leader Venkaiah Naidu came down heavily on the Congress for bringing pressure on both Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur and the Centre to prevent the coalition set up coming to power in the state. The attitude of the congress leaders in the state was 'anti democratic, immoral and unconstitutional,' he remarked adding that the Congress was known for its evil designs in such political developments.

He questioned the 'inordinate delay' to invite though 129 MLAs of both the parties had elected BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa as the joint legislature party leader and submitted individual affidavits to the Governor in this regard.

Party Member of Parliament Ananth Kumar, in his address, felt that the Governor should have recommended revocation of the President's rule on the day when the legislators submitted their invidual affidavits a week ago.

A large number of leaders and party workers gathered at the venue amid tight police security. However, no JD(S) leader was present although the BJP leaders had announced yesterday that the dharna would be held jointly.

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