New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) The BJP today regretted the ''delay'' in taking a decision on installation of a popular government in Karnataka and said it seemed that the UPA parties did not want the first ever BJP Chief Minister to take over in South India.
BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad told reporters the Centre and the UPA coalition parties were ''delaying'' the takeover of the BJP-led government to avoid its ''fallout'' on the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Mr Prasad said Congress spokesman Veerappa Moily's justification of the imposition of President's rule in Karnataka was a clear indication that UPA government wanted to further delay the installation of a popular government in the state.
He said when the UPA wanted dissolution of the Bihar Assembly, it obtained the Presidential nod even when Dr Kalam was in Moscow, but when the BJP and the Janata Dal(S) enjoyed majority in Karnataka, the Cabinet ''was unmoved. '' About the 12-point memorandum of understanding given by JD (S) President H D Deve Gowda, Mr Prasad said it was a matter between the BJP and the JD (S) which would be settled bilaterally.
As far as the majority was concerned, the Joint Legislature Parties of the BJP and the JD (S) had elected Mr B S Yeddyurappa as the Legislature Party Leader and 129 MLAs submitted individual sworn affidavits before Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur, he added.
The Karnataka Assembly was kept under suspended animation on October 9 when the BJP and the JD (S) fell apart on the issue of power transfer. The JD (S) did a U-turn and extended support to the BJP to elect Mr Yeddyurappa as the Joint Legislature party leader six days ago after the Congress' attempt to split the party.