Karnataka BJP to stay away from HDK's meeting tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 4 (UNI) Expressing confidence that there would be ''smooth and dignified transfer of power'' in Karnataka, state Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa today said there was no question of any BJP Ministers attending the emergency Council of Ministers meeting convened by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy tomorrow.

Mr Yediyurappa, who is here to apprise the Parliamentary Board meeting of the BJP later today, told UNI that the BJP Ministers had resigned from the Cabinet on October 2 as per the agreement reached between the BJP and JD (S) 20 months ago.

''All of us (BJP Ministers) have practically ceased to be Ministers. We have given up our official cars and stopped attending to our Ministerial responsibilities. And it would not be proper for us to attend this Cabinet meeting,'' he said in response to the Chief Minister's announcement made at Bangalore.

The transfer of power should have taken place in October as per the agreement reached between the two parties, allowing the BJP to take charge of the state in the final 20 months.

He said as for the BJP, it was firm that the transfer of power should take place as per the agreement. ''We are not putting up any fresh conditions and expect them to honour the promise made to the people of the state at the time of formation of the coaltion,'' he added.

Responding to Mr Kumaraswamy's contention that the agreement was not between the two parties but between the individuals, the DCM said when the talks were taking place before the coalition was hatched, nobody from the BJP prevented the CM from consulting his father and Janata Dal (Secular) President H D Deve Gowda.

Even as late as May 2007, the CM had promised smooth transfer of power in the presence of Siddaganga and Suttur mutt 'swamijis' in his own hometown district of Hassan, he added.

Mr Gowda had commended publicly the good work done by the government. ''If in his estimation good work has been done by the government, the BJP as a coalition partner is certainly entitled to its share of credit,'' Mr Yediyurappa asserted.

The BJP had honoured its commitment to stand by the coalition and now ''it is their --JD (S)-- turn to reciprocate'', he said adding that the CM and his father should see for themselves the public sentiments and honour the promises made.

Mr Yediyurappa said on part of the BJP leadership, the party's Vice-President Yashwant Sinha had called on Mr Gowda to discuss the issue of transfer of power. ''He (Mr Gowda) as well as Mr Swamy have asked the BJP to wait till tomorrow to enable the JD (S) Political Affairs Committee to take its decision.'' The BJP leaders will meet Mr Gowda when he is here tomorrow.

On the future course of action, he said the matter was before the National leadership. ''I will only apprise them of the views of the state BJP and they will take a final decision.'' Mr Yediyurappa said the BJP had joined hands with the JD (S) to bring in much-needed development in Karnataka and had fulfilled all the commitments under the mutually agreed Common Minimum Programme.

State Home Minister M P Prakash should have convened the meeting of Coordination Committee to discuss the issue but that was not done despite repeated requests by the BJP, he added.


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