BJP will launch agitation against the Congress: Ashok

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Asserting that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party does not believe in “political defections” for its survival, Minister for Home and Transport R. Ashok said that the party will launch protest programmes against the Congress on various counts, including encouraging corruption and defection, at the national and State levels shortly.

He was speaking to presspersons after garlanding the Kittur Rani Chennamma statue on the Ravindra Kalakshetra premises on the occasion of Rani Chennamma's 186 {+t} {+h} Vijayotsva Day here on Sunday. Both the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had been levelling allegations against the BJP for sheer political purposes.

The Congress is accusing the BJP of poaching a couple of its legislators forgetting the “poaching” it had engineered in 2004 when the then Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, encouraged defection of over eight BJP legislators in favour of the Congress and set a precedent for the Janata Dal (Secular), which followed suit. His party had not played any role in the reported voluntary resignation of two Congress MLAs, Mr. Ashok said.

The Janata Dal (Secular) is claiming that it was in possession of CD on the conversation between a BJP legislator luring a JD(S) MLA. Ironically, the then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who refused to order CBI inquiry into the alleged Rs. 150-crore scam involving himself despite evidences produced in CD format by G. Janaradhan Reddy, is now demanding inquiry.

Mr. Ashok alleged that the Janata Dal (Secular) had “purchased” the 11 BJP legislators with a hope that it could serve its ulterior political purposes with the help of Congress. “Purchasing and keeping 11 legislators is no less than defections,” he said.

On his alleged role in the reported CD involving the BJP legislator Suresh Gowda and JD(S) legislator Srinivas, Mr. Ashok said that the JD(S) had sent copies of the CD to him also. But there was no reference to him in the CD. However, the BJP is awaiting the High Court ruling and keen on discharging its public responsibilities with a focus on development, he said.

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