`BJP indulging in horse-trading in Karnataka`

Congress in Karnataka charged ruling BJP with indulging in horse-trading to keep its government in power and claimed CM B S Yeddyurappa has no legal and moral right to continue in office.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 19:51 PM IST

Bangalore: Congress in Karnataka on Sunday
charged ruling BJP with indulging in horse-trading to keep its
government in power and claimed Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa
has no legal and moral right to continue in office.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President R V
Deshpande noted that independent MLA Varthur Prakash had met
Governor H R Bhardwaj, as also 119 other legislators, on
October 11 when the Opposition parties paraded them in support
of their claim that the government had lost majority in the
224-member Assembly.

But a day before the October 15 second trust vote, Prakash
was lured by the BJP into its camp with "inducements like
ministerial berth", Deshpande told reporters.

He also said M C Ashwath, the JD-S MLA, who abstained from
voting on October 15, resigned his Assembly membership, when
he met Speaker K G Bopaiah.

Deshpande referred to the statement of BJP`s state unit
chief K S Eshwarappa who had said his party`s "doors are open
for (opposition) MLAs".

Terming all these three developments as nothing but
"horse-trading", he appealed to the Governor, President
Pratibha Patil, UPA as well as the judiciary to take note of
it.

"Legally and morally, Yeddyurappa has no right to continue
in office for even a moment," he said.

PTI