BJP, JD(S) legislators leave for Delhi for show of strength

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Bangalore, Nov 5 (UNI) Over 100 BJP and JD(S) legislators left for New Delhi tonight to parade in front of President Pratibha Patil urging her to invite the two parties to form the next alternative government in Karnataka.

The 129 MLAs led by joint legislature party leader of BJP and JD(S) Mr B S Yeddyurappa were expected to meet the President tomorrow evening.

This is the second time that such an incident was taking place, since Ms Patil took over as the President. Recently, BJP and supporting party MLAs from Goa, led by Manohar Pannikar presented themselves before her soon after she assumed office.

All the legislators of the BJP and a section from JD(S) took the late night flight to New Delhi, while former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy and the remaining MLA's would leave tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, Governor Rameshwar Thakur has already reached Delhi with his 'final report' on the prevailing political situation in the state. His visit comes in the wake of the two parties planning to parade their legislators before the President tomorrow.

Congress, flaying the BJP and the JD(S) in Karnataka for mending fences to forge an ''opportunistic alliance'', urged the Governor to recommend dissolution of the Assembly.

Launching a tirade against the two parties at a rally here, KPCC President Mallikarjuna Kharge said the party would seek a fresh mandate from the people of the State and challenged the rival parties to confront them in the polls.


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