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Congress prefers to sit in opposition in Karnataka

AICC General Secretary AK Antony said that Congress would not prefer President's rule in the state.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 12:06 IST

The Congress would prefer to sit in the opposition in Karnataka Assembly, AICC General Secretary AK Antony said on Saturday.

He also said that the Congress would not prefer President's rule in the state.

"We will sit in the opposition. We will be with people", Antony, who is in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, said a day after the assembly was adjourned sine die.

The assembly was adjourned amidst uproar without Chief Minister N Dharam Singh seeking a vote of confidence before the January 27 deadline set by the Governor.

"We know very well the people of Karnataka will back us", Antony said.

"We have one option. We are very clear. We do not believe in horsetrading or in dirty politics", he said.

Antony said Speaker Krishna's decision to adjourn the house sine die was "against norms". Neither the leader of the house nor opposition leader was consulted.

Bitter about its coalition partner, Antony said the Congress' alliance with JD(S) "is over and they have betrayed us".

He said to avoid the crisis, the Congress offered JD(S) "whatever they wanted... Whatever demands they made. All the demands were conceded because of our anxiety to prevent communal forces from coming to power. We conceded everything. We thought things would be settled."

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 11:59 IST