BJP to be responsible for forcing snap polls in K'taka: CM

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Bangalore, Oct 2 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today 'advised' Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and BJP Ministers to wait till the Janata Dal (S) National Executive Meeting in Delhi on October 5 before deciding on future course of action.

Speaking to his deputy after receiving the resignation letters of the 17 Ministers, including that of Mr Yediyurappa, he suggested the BJP to wait till the meeting was over.

''Please wait till the JD(S) National Executive is held in Delhi because everything will be settled on October 5,'' he is said to have informed the BJP Ministers.

In turn, Mr Yediyurappa told the Chief Minister he would inform the party higher ups about his reaction.

The DCM said the Ministers had come here to remind Mr Kumaraswamy the first 20-month term as per the pre-government formation pact, ended today.

''I will request Mr Kumaraswamy to convene a joint legislature party meeting to endorse BJP's decision to elect me (Mr Yediyurappa) as the new Chief Minister to form the next government,'' he said.

Earlier, speaking to newspersons before the arrival of Mr Yediyurappa, the Chief Minsiter warned the BJP would be responsible if mid-term poll was forced upon on the people of Karnataka.

His reaction came in the wake of the resignation of the Ministers.

He accused the BJP of acting irresponsibly on the issue of transfer of power. ''Their behaviour is nothing but childish,'' he said.

Stating no formal request had come from the BJP to discuss the modalities on power transfer, Mr Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of resorting to using the media for sending messages to him.

''There is no question of succumbing to BJP's pressure,'' Mr Kumaraswamy said.

UNI

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