BJP ready to sit in Oppn in K'taka: Advani

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Bangalore, May 3 (UNI) Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said his party was ready to sit in the opposition in Karnataka and act responsibly if it failed to get a majority to form a new Government on its own in the state.

Speaking to media here, he said the people of Karnataka had an opportunity and an obligation to ensure that the 2004 election result, which had led to a hung Assembly, did not repeat itself in 2008. The virus of opportunism and betrayal by the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) had played havoc with governance and development in the State, he recalled.

''Give us a chance once, after all you have tested both the Congress and the JD(S),'' he said, exuding confidence that the party would get a majority to form the next government.

To a question, Mr Advani denied that the party had given prominence to land developers and real estate agents and said by and large the list sent by the state party unit was unanimous.

Accusations in this regard were baseless, he added.

On rising inflation, he said the United Progressive Alliance Government's claims of taking effective measures to control inflation and reduce prices of essential commodities were untrue.

The Congress would have to pay a heavy price for its ''failure'' to rein in price rise, which affected the common people the most, starting with Karnataka.

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