New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Congress today said it wanted elections in Karnataka, but bent backwards to allow the BJP to come to power as it did not want any allegation of impropriety made.
''The Central Government was keen on elections, we were also keen on elections, yet the Government allowed them a long rope. The judgement in the Bommai case was followed in letter and spirit,'' Congress spokeman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.
He said the coalition between the BJP and the J D (S) in Karnataka, which ultimately broke when the B S Yeddyurapa Government fell after seven days, was improper, unethical and an opportunisitc alliance that was not to be.
''How much oxygen the Centre can give... such immoral alliance cannot last,'' he said.
Mr Singhvi said the BJP knew the 12 conditions very well, and yet they annointed Yeddyurappa.
''This showed their lust for power.'' Describing it as matter of mines and land, he said the situation came to such a pass because of the Mines portfolio and the Urban Development portfolio.
''Their raw greed led them into such decision making that they did not get mine, but walked into landmine.... Yeddyurappa's take-off was a self-destructive landmine blast,'' he said.
Hitting out at the JD (S), he said the Congress always followed the coalition dharma, but that did not mean giving up its political space.
''It was the JD (S) which walked out when we were in the caolition,'' he said.