BJP will be responsible for forcing snap polls in Karnataka: CM

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Bangalore, Oct 2 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today 'advised' the Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and the other BJP ministers to wait till the Janata Dal(S) national executive meeting was held in Delhi on October five.

Speaking to his deputy after receiving the resignation letters of the 17 ministers including that of Mr Yediyrappa, after the BJP ministers decided to quit the ministry in protest against JD(S) failing to hand over the Chief Minister's post to the BJP as per the pre-government formation pact, he suggested to the BJP group to wait till the meeting was held.

"Please wait till the JD(S) national executive is held in Delhi because everything will be settled on October five," he is said to have informed the BJP ministers.

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

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

"I will request Mr Kumaraswamy to convene a joint legislature party 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 news persons before the arrival of Mr Yediyurappa, the Chief Minsiter warned that Bharatiya Janata Party would be responsible if mid-term poll was forced upon on the people of Karnataka.

His reaction came in the wake of all the BJP ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa deciding to quit his ministry.

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

Stating that no formal request had come from the BJP to discuss the modalities on the transfer of power, Mr Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of resorting to use the media to send across the messages to him.

He once against emphasised that the JD-S National Executive which will be meeting in Delhi on October five will taken the final decision on the transfer of power.

"There is no question of succumbing to the pressure of the BJP," Mr Kumaraswamy said.

UNI

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