No confusion in Karnataka BJP on transfer of power: BJP

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New Delhi, Sep 29 (UNI) Putting to rest reports of dissent within its Karnataka ranks, the BJP today said there was no confusion, whatsoever, on the issue of transfer of power by its coalition partner, the JD(S), on October 3 as also the Chief Ministership of B S Yediyurappa during the party's term.

BJP Spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told newspersons here that the whole party unit in Karnataka was united on the issue of transfer of power as well as the Chief Ministership of Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for the final 20 months of the term of the Karnataka Assembly.

The announcement assumes significance in view of the reports emanating in a section of the media that there was infighting in the BJP with one influential section opposing the party's choice of Mr Yediyurappa's as the state's next Chief Minister.

The party had made similar announcements when the coalition took office 20 months ago and at the National Council meeting at Lucknow.

He said BJP Vice-President Yashwant Sinha, in charge of Karnataka affairs, had talks with the Karnataka BJP leaders today and would meet Janata Dal (Secular) President and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda in Bangalore tomorrow.

He said the party would be seeking an explanation from Karnataka Tourism Minister B Sreeramulu about his filing of an FIR against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on the eve of elections to Local Body elections in Bellary.

Mr Gowda, who was in Delhi on September 26 to hold meetings with BJP leadership, had returned to Bangalore the next day cancelling all his appointments to show his anguish over the episode which involved his son.

The party is likely to adopt a 'mature' stance in dealing with its coalition partner and ask it to adhere to the solemn assurance made to the people of the state when the coalition assumed power 20 months ago.

The opposition Congress in the state has indicated that it would keep off the muddle just to keep its own flock together.

One prominent section of the Congress, not just in Bangalore but also in whole Karnataka, is opposed to have further understandings with the JD(S) with which it had a bitter experience in the first 20 months of the coalition under its leadership.

UNI

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