Kumaraswamy rules out alliances, favours polls

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Bangalore, Oct 12 (UNI)Senior Janata Dal (Secular) Leader and Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today firmly ruled out any alliance with the Congress or the BJP to form a government and favoured mid-term assembly polls.

Speaking to newsmen here, Mr Kumaraswamy said the present political scenario did not warrant the formation of a new government.

His party had a bitter experience with both the Congress and the BJP in the last 40 months.

First the Congress cheated us, and then the BJP. We have a third option which is to go before the people to seek their mandate and we are for it,'' he added saying he was prepared to share a common platform with the BJP in public to discuss the issue of transfer of power.

Recalling the political developments leading to his resignation as the Chief Minister, Mr Kumaraswamy recalled he never said he would not transfer power to BJP.

However, only BJP leaders systematically conspired against Mr B S Yediyurappa from becoming the Chief Minister and without realising this, there was no point in blaming the JD (S).

''What prevented Mr Yediyurappa from meeting me directly and hold discussion on the transfer of power issue from September 30?'' he asked.

He demanded knowing what transpired between BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha and JD(S) Leader H D Deve Gowda after they met secretly.

Mr Kumaraswamy revealed Mr Deve Gowda discussed with BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha the Bellary episode involving suspended BJP member Janardhana Reddy and Former Tourism Minister B Sriramulu filing a murder complaint, favours shown by Mr Ashok Kheny to BJP leaders with regard to implementation of Bangalore-Mysore Expressway Infrastructure Corridor Project and Datta Peeta.

Mr Sinha requested Mr Deve Gowda to support Mr L K Advani for Prime Ministership and left the place saying he would go to Delhi.

But he stayed put here for three days, he claimed.


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