'Kumaraswamy to step down on October 3' : JD (S)

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New Delhi, Sep 29 (UNI) Janata Dal (Secular) today made it clear that Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will step down from the post on October three, but no decision has been taken to hand over power to the BJP, the coalition partner.

JD S) Secretary General K Danish Ali told UNI that soon after Mr Swamy's resignation, the Political Affairs Committee would meet to take a decision on the future strategy.

Answering a question if Mr Swamy would submit his resignation to the Governor or to the party Chief, he replied, a decision has to be taken on this.

He also said the JD (S) was totally prepared to face a mid term poll if necessary. The BJP as a coalition partner had not followed the 'coalition dharma' for the last 20 months and the electorate had fully understood the predicament, he claimed.

Referring to BJP Minister B Sriramulu levelling allegations against Chief Minister himself ahead of local body elections in Bellary, Mr Ali said you can imagine the plight of the government if these people are brought to power.

The BJP, he alleged did not behave for the past 20 months as a 'decent ally' and the central leadership was a 'mute spectator', he said adding that this had caused bitterness among the party workers.

The party had inflicted 'mental torture' on the JD (S) leadership.

"Enough is enough", he remarked.

He alleged that the BJP made an attempt to tarnish the image of the Chief Minister by organising attack on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter after the Ram Sethu controversy. The same party was behind the circulation of a CD levelling corruption charges against the Chief Minister, he alleged.

UNI

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