Congress to petition to Governor on cabinet expansion

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Bangalore, Jul 10 (UNI) Congress in Karnataka has decided to petition to the Governor Rameshwar Thakur against the ruling BJP allegedly indulging in luring opposition party legislators and accommodating them in the cabinet expansion, Pradesh Congress Committee President Mallikarjun Kharge said today.

Mr Kharge, who is also Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly, told newsmen after charing an emergent meeting of the CLP, that BJP has adopted 'undemocratic' way to attract opposition party legislators.

He said that according to reports Chief Minister is including three turn-coat legislators in the cabinet expansion and Congress would lodge a petition against the BJP move with the Governor Rameshwar Thakur.

Charging that BJP in Karantaka has employed 'undemocratic' ways in coercing the opposition legislators to resign their seats to the Assembly and manipulating majority in the assembly in its (BJP) favour.

Mr Kharge said that the Meeting decided to hold protest rallies particularly in those constituencies from where the party legislators resigned and joined BJP and expose their 'selfish' ends in deserting the party.

He said that party will send a study team in selecting the party candidate to fight the 'bye-elections' caused due to resignation of party legislators. "The voters of the constituency would teach a bitter lesson to the defectors" he said.

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