New Delhi: BJP on Thursday alleged that Congress
had forcefully kept some of its MLAs from Karnataka in a hotel
in Goa and was using the state machinery there to prevent its
senior party leaders from contacting them.
"It is absolutely shocking that Congress is engaging in
such undemocratic practices. They have forcefully kept our
Karnataka MLAs in a hotel in Goa. This hotel has been
surrounded by Congress members and they are not allowing even
our Belgaum MP (Suresh Angadi) to reach the MLAs," BJP
spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She alleged that Congress, which is in power in Goa, was
using the state police to prevent senior BJP leaders from
getting in touch with the MLAs.
Sitharaman said Congress had tried similar methods in
Andhra Pradesh by forcefully keeping some of NT Rama Rao`s
MLAs and were "thrashed badly" in the next elections.
"Congress is saying it would not engineer any defections
but has created this forceful situation. We warn the Congress
not to engage in such practices," she said.
Asked if the BJP MLAs from Karnataka who are inside the
hotel had tried to get in touch with their leaders, Sitharaman
said she was trying to get more details. "The MLAs want to get
in touch but are not being allowed," she said.