Kumaraswamy denies reports of stepping down on Oct 3

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Bangalore, Sep 28 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today denied media reports that he would step down on October 3 to handover power to the coalition partner BJP as per the pre-government formation agreement.

Media reports attributing to Chief Minister had yesterday said that Mr Kumaraswamy would be demitting office on October 3.

Speaking to newspersons at his official residence 'Krishna,' he denied making any such statement.

''I never said that I would be resigning on October 3 as reported in a section of the media. The issue will be decided only after the meeting of Janata Dal(Seculiar) legislators on September 30,'' he said.

Mr Kumaraswamy clarified that he had only stated that the issue of transfer of power would be decided only after September 30.

Replying to a question, he said majority of the party leaders were mounting pressure on him not to demit office and he would take a final decision only after the process of local body elections was over.

The elections for 209 local bodies is being held today.

The Chief Minister said the matter would be discussed in detail at the legislator's meeting.

As per the pre-government formation agreement between JD(S) and the BJP, the two parties would hold the Chief Ministership for 20 months each before the next elections.

Mr Kumaraswamy, son of JD(S) President and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda became the Chief Minister for the first term.

UNI

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