Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday staged a demonstration here and burnt an effigy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protesting against what they called a "blatant attempt of the BJP to break the Janata Dal (Secular)" in an bid to form the Government in the State with the help of the breakaway Janata Dal (S) legislators.

State Secretariat member of CPI (M), Maruti Manpade, and other senior leaders of the party who led the demonstration, alleged that the BJP which is desperate to come to power in the State, after it was rejected by voters in the last general election and in the recent zilla and taluk panchayat elections, has resorted to dividing the Opposition parties and destabilising the elected Government in the State.

Mr. Manpade said the Janata Dal (S) legislators under the leadership of H.D. Kumaraswamy, who has decided to align with the BJP and withdraw support to the Congress-led coalition Government in the State, have gone against the wishes of voters by aligning with a communal party such as the BJP to grab power.