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BJP delegation meets PM on Karnataka

A high-level BJP delegation meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand the formation of a government in the state.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2007 12:43 IST

Mounting pressure on the Centre for revocation of President's rule in Karnataka, a high-level BJP delegation met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday and demanded that immediate steps be taken to ensure formation of a government in the state.

Led by senior leader LK Advani and party chief Rajnath Singh, the delegation of BJP MPs told Singh that four days have passed since the BJP-JD(S) combine staked claim for formation of government but Governor Rameshwar Thakur has not yet recommended the revocation of President's rule.

BJP leaders also brought to Singh's notice Congress' demand for the dissolution of the Assembly and contended that the BJP-JD(S) combine has got the support of 129 MLAs in the 224 member House.

The Prime Minister assured the delegation that the Centre will go "by the spirit of the Constitution but did not give any specific timeframe" regarding lifting of President's rule in the state, BJP Vice President Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after the 30-minute-long meeting at Singh's residence in the Capital.

"The Prime Minister suggested that Governor should be given reasonable time. But we told him that four days have passed since we handed over the letter staking formation of government headed by BS Yeddiyurappa," Naidu said.

BJP leaders drew the Prime Minister's attention to a Supreme Court observation in connection with dissolution of Bihar Assembly earlier that shifting stands of political parties cannot be the ground for the dissolution of the Assembly.

JD(S) and BJP were running a coalition government in the state till October 7 when they parted ways after the former refused to transfer Chief Ministership to the saffron party.

First Published: Oct 31, 2007 12:38 IST