Kharge happy government did not last long

Special Correspondent

‘Congress had been firm against BJP forming government’

Kharge: BJP was power-hungry

Transfer of officials criticised

Bangalore: President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday expressed happiness that the B.S. Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party Government did not last long in the State.

Reacting to the resignation of Mr. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister, Mr. Kharge said the Congress had been demanding that the BJP not be allowed to form a government in the interests of the people, particularly minorities and Dalits.

The BJP, he said, began its governance by conducting “homa” and “havana” in the Vidhana Soudha, while the Constitution mandated the government to be secular. Asked if approved of the manner in which the Janata Dal (Secular) decided to vote against the confidence motion after parading its MLAs before Governor Rameshwar Thakur declaring support to Mr.Yeddyurappa, Mr. Kharge said it was for the BJP to speak about the betrayal by its erstwhile ally.

However, the KPCC president said that both the parties should be held responsible for the sorry state of affairs in Karnataka in the past 22 months.


He was also critical of the short-lived BJP government for several of its decisions, including transfer of senior officers.

Their greed for power, Mr. Kharge said, was reflected in the U-turn make by Mr.Yeddyurappa when he abandoned the “Dharma Yudda Yatre” in Tumkur following the assurance of support by the Janata Dal (S), compromising their party ideals and principles.

All these developments resulted in the BJP’s image getting dented in the State, he said.

The KPCC chief said that no party secured a clear mandate to rule in the 2004 elections, and the BJP which polled 28 per cent of the votes also did not have the moral right to stake its claim.

The people of the State were against the BJP forming the government, he added.

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