BJP awaits Yashwant Sinha's inputs on Karnataka situation

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) The BJP today dispatched its senior leader Yashwant Sinha to study and report on the political developments in Karnataka where the party is grappling with local body elections and also faces uncertain prospects of sharing power with its coalition partner Janata Dal (Secular).

Maintaining that the party believed the transfer of power is taking place according to the schedule, BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the party would react only after it has received a report from Mr Sinha who is an experienced and tactful leader to tackle the matter.

Asked about the possibility of sacking BJP minister Sriramulu who had filed an FIR against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in an election related matter, Mr Rudy said all these questions can be answered only after receiving Mr Sinha's assessment.

The party feels that Mr Sinha has an added advantage of tackling the JD(S) leadership since he too is a former Janata Dal member.

The party deliberately chose to maintain a low profile even in the light of an aggressive stance by JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, who chose to skip the scheduled meetings with the BJP leadership yesterday.

''It is a mature way of dealing with the issue especially when the party was in the process of facing elections,'' a senior leader told UNI.

The party appears to be divided on the issue of sacking its minister. While one section believes that the minister's action was incorrect and a disciplinary action be taken to molify the ruffled feelings of the JD(S), the other section feels that the action on the minister can only be taken if the coalition partner is willing to hand over power.

''We should not end up sacking the minister and be denied transfer of power,'' sources said. Adding to the party's problems is the support enjoyed by a power section of the party in Karnataka.


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