JD(S) MLAs 'favour' transfer of power to BJP

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Bangalore, Oct 3 (UNI) A majority of the Janata Dal(S) MLAs are reportedly in favour of the party handing over the Chief Minister's post to the BJP as agreed upon and avert a mid-term election in Karnataka.

According to top party sources, the MLAs aired the views in yesterday's prolonged JD (S) Legislature Party (JDLP) meeting convened by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy at his official residence 'Krishna' after the two coalition partners remained at loggerheads over the power transfer issue.

They reportedly said in one voice the state should not be imposed with a mid-term election which was not in the interest of the party.

The legislators who were asked to express their 'frank opinion' on the issue said the JD(S) should continue in the Karnataka Development Front(KDF) Government rather than face a premature election and avoid at all costs the dissolution of the State Assembly.

The MLAs reportedly aired their woes openly and appealed to the party leaders to tread most cautiously.

Their unwillingness to go for mid-term poll despite party's big success in the urban local body elections was because the results were not the real barometer for Assembly polls.

Many legislators also expressed the fear of facing the party workers' wrath as the JD(S) had not accommodated them in Boards and Corporations.

However, the legislators also expressed unhappiness over the attitude of BJP leaders who indulged in 'tail-twisting' to force JD(S) leaders to hand over power.

They wanted the party to get clear assurances from the BJP to contain its leaders from Bellary who unleashed a 'tirade' against Mr Kumaraswamy.

The outburst of Former Minister B Sriramulu of the BJP against Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and Mr Kumaraswamy also came up for serious discussion and drew severe criticism, the sources added.

Briefing newsmen yesterday after the JDLP meeting, Karnataka JD(S) Chief Merajuddin Patel said Mr Kumaraswamy had expressed his willingness to step down immediately. However, the legislators dissuaded him from doing so.

They also asked the Chief Minister not to take any hasty action on the resignation letters submitted by BJP ministers and instead wait for final outcome of the October five National Executive Meeting.

UNI

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