BJP to take all steps to install its coalition govt in K'taka

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Expressing disappointment over the enormous delay on the part of the Governor and the Centre in installing a ''popular Government in Karnataka'', the BJP today said it would take all possible steps including parading its MLAs before President Pratibha Patil seeking her intervention.

BJP Vice President and in-charge of Karnataka Yashwant Sinha said it had been over nine days that the BJP and JD(S) MLAs, under the leadership of B S Yeddyurappa, staked claim to form the government.

Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur should send his report expeditiously asking the Government to restore the Assembly forthwith, he said.

He said the Governor was yet to send his recommendation to remove the Assembly from its status of suspended animation by sending a proper report to the Centre. The Centre too, was not keen to revive the Assembly. The MLAs had presented themselves individually before the Governor and things were yet to move, he added. ''Perhaps things would have moved like a flash if the Congress formation were to stake claim,'' he said.

When a reporter referred to the letter written by JD(S) President H D Deve Gowda stating 12 conditions for his party's support, Mr Sinha asked whether Mr Gowda had written the letter to BJP President Rajnath Singh or to the Governor.

The issue was between two political parties and the Governor figured nowhere in the picture as long as the combination had a majority in the 224 member Assembly, he said. No party or combination can guarantee the stability of the government, he added.

To a question on when the BJP-JD(S) MLAs would be paraded before the President, Mr Sinha said his information was that the MLAs were to arrive here tonight but was not aware of the latest developments.

Asked whether it was time for the BJP to approach the Supreme Court, Mr Sinha said it would be sad if the matter reached the apex court because everyone, including the Governor and the Union Government, would be caught badly on the wrong foot.


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