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