K'taka: Tacit pact of Cong-JD(S) comes to fore

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Bangalore, May 12: BJP in Karnataka today reiterated its charge that Congress and Janatadal(S) had conspired to defeat BJP and prevent it from coming to power in the coming assembly elections.

Reacting sharply on the decision of JD(S) candidate Diwakar Babu to retire from the contest in Bellary city Assembly seat in favour of Congress, the state BJP President Sadananda Gowda charged that the two parties had been working in tandem right from the day election dates were announced for Karnataka Assembly. Speaking to UNI, he accused that the two parties had distributed party tickets to aspirants in such a way that it would mutually benefit them. The JD(S) had not field its nominee for Shikaripur seat where BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was seeking re-election for the sixth time. "Now with the decision of Mr Babu further strengthens the BJP's argument that the Congress and JD(S) are involved in a deceit poll understanding," Mr Gowda said.

Expressing confidence that BJP would come back to power despite conspiracies of both Congress and JD(S) Mr Gowda said that it had already won psychological election battle against both the parties.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Suresh Kumar today accused Congress of the national flag on its election campaign materiel and had illegitimately highlighted the killing of its two prime ministers which was violation of model of code of conduct. In the Compact Disk released by Congress during the ongoing Karnataka elections, it has used the national tri-colour on the cover and highlighted how its two Prime Ministers were killed for the 'cause' of the nation. We have filed a complaint with the EC and demand that this CD should be impounded.

Welcoming Janata Dal(S) H D Deve Gowda's remarks made during an election meeting in Dakshina Kannada yesterday, he said making voting compulsory could be debated in view of the low turnout in the urban areas, especially in the city, during the elections in the first phase.

"But is this the same person whose party legislators did not bother to vote in the recent Presidential elections. When elected members themselves become to apathetic how can we ask voters that they must vote," he asked.

He condemned allegation from Congress and the JD(S) that BJP's communal rethoric was responsible for Saturday's blasts in a Hubli court. "These two parties are shamelessly making such statement only to guard their vote bank. They can stoop to any level to get votes at the cost of nation's security and integrity," he alleged.

UNI

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