BJP-JD(S) MLAs to start indefinite dharna

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Bangalore, Nov 2 (UNI) In a bid to step up pressure, BJP and JD(S) MLAs will begin an indefinite 'dharna' here from tomorrow till they are invited to form the government in Karnataka.

Briefing the press here, BJP Karnataka Chief D V Sadananda Gowda said a decision would be taken in a day or two on whether legislators should also be paraded before the President at New Delhi.

The delay in inviting the BJP-JD(S) combine to form the government had led to doubts about the 'hidden agenda' pursued by the Congress, he said.

Mr Gowda also expressed surprise over the Union Cabinet not taking up the issue for consideration during its meeting and took exception to the interim report sent by the Governor.

He sought to know what prevented the Governor from sending a detailed report as the MLAs had already provided him with all relevant documents, including individual affidavits.

''It took only a couple of hours to impose the President's rule in the state and even after seven days after parading MLAs before the Governor, the President's rule was yet to be revoked,'' Mr Gowda remarked.

Congress leaders should be held mainly responsible if there was any social unrest from tomorrow, he cautioned.

To a question, he denied his party was power hungry and said it was the BJP's right to establish a coalition government in the state after getting support from the JD(S).

To another query on the 'Memorandum of Understanding' sent by JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda, he said Mr Gowda had sent it to BJP President Rajnath Singh.

The BJP chief who was out of Delhi was expected to return tonight and he would offer a reply, Mr Gowda said.


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