Cong leader Kharge says BJP has open agenda

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Bangalore, Jun 27 (UNI) Opposition leader in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Mallikarjun Kharge today charged that Bharatiya Janata Party was ruling the state holding six independent members in captive with an 'open agenda' to cause split in the opposition parties.

Speaking to newsmen here he said the 'hidden agenda' of the BJP has come to light following views expressed by senior cabinet minister K S Eswarappa who had said in Shimoga the party was not averse to cause split among the opposition parties to remain in power. Mr Eswarappa's viewpoint was very clear and it was indicative of the developments to happen in future with the government filing 'false criminal charges' against the opposition party leaders, he feared.

He referred to the statement made by the independent ministers and an independent member endorsing their support unitedly to the government headed by B S Yeddyurappa and said it was not at all called for. Their statement showed that all was not well in the ruling party, he chided.

Replying to queries he said Mr Yeddyurappa was engaged in criticising the centre unnecessarily instead of ensuring proper distribution of fertilisers to the farmers though there were sufficient stocks in the state.

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