Karnataka: BJP to approach SC if polls are delayed

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Bangalore, Mar 3: Criticising Congress of pressurising the Election Commission to postpone elections in Karnataka due to fear of a 'severe drubbing', BJP leader and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today that his party would approach the apex court against any such move.

"Congress is making attempts to stifle the constitutional provisions and we will fight against this. According to constitutional provisions, it is mandatory to hold assembly elections within six months and the Supreme Court also has issued directions in this regard in the past," he said.

Speaking to reporters here he said that fearing the loss in the coming elections, Congress in Karantaka was trying to bring pressure on Central Election Commission to postpone the elections on the backdrop of the notification of the recommendations of the delimitation commission on redrawing the boundaries of Assembly and Lok Sabha segments in the country.

"The Supreme Court also had directed that if any state assembly was dissolved before it completed its term, mid-term elections should be held within six months of expiring President's rule," Mr Yeddyurappa said.

He said that the party state president D V Sadananda Gowda, will lead a delegation of party leaders and meet the members of the Central Election Commission, which who were scheduled to visit state tonight.

"The party will submit a memorandum appealing the EC not to succumb to the pressures of the Congress and defer the elections beyond May," he said.

He said the state election commission had done a commendable job by removing an whopping 51 lakhs names of bogus voters from the electoral rolls and added 20 lakhs new voters.

The process of preparing voters list under the delimitation of constituencies in over 13 districts was already completed and elections could be held before the expiry of the President's rule, he said.

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