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BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) joint legislature party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday said the two parties were presenting their MLAs before President Pratibha Patil not for the sake of getting the Chief Minister’s post, but to expose the efforts by the Congress leaders to prevent the formation of a popular government in the State.

‘Congress responsible’

Speaking to reporters before leaving Bangalore for Delhi, Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged that the Congress leaders were responsible for Governor Rameshwar Thakur’s delay in taking a decision on inviting him to form the Government despite parading all the 129 MLAs of the BJP-JD(S) coalition before him about a week ago.

“Let the Congress leaders tell people how many times they visited the Raj Bhavan in the recent days to bring pressure on the Governor against allowing the formation of a BJP-JD(S) government,” he said.

He added that it was a crime to put off the decision on the formation of a popular government. He also maintained that the State’s development would be affected by President’s Rule.

Mr. Yeddyurappa denied the Congress allegation that the BJP was power hungry. Launching a counter attack, he alleged that the Congress itself had made serious efforts to form a coalition government with the JD(S) headed by its leader M.V. Rajashekharan as chief minister. But its efforts had failed as it tried to split the JD(S), he said. Meanwhile, the BJP is gripped by a new dilemma about the likely developments on Tuesday. President Pratibha Patil has given an appointment to the BJP-JD(S) MLAs at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Dilemma

But with Governor Rameshwar Thakur already leaving for Delhi, the possibility of the Centre arriving at a decision on the Karnataka issue on Tuesday might not be ruled out. Hence, the BJP is trying to advance its appointment with the President so that it can present the MLAs before her prior to the Centre arriving at a decision on the issue.

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