JD(S) convenes meeting to decide future course of action

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Bangalore, Oct 15 (UNI) The Janata Dal(S), which had lost power in Karnataka following the fall of the JD(S)-BJP coalition government, is now struggling to keep its flock together and has convened a two-day meeting of party legislators to chalk out its future course of action.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who was under pressure from party Legislators to take measures to avoid mid-term elections to the state assembly, had convened the two-day meeting at a private resort here to decide whether to farm an alternate government or go in for elections.

Even though party supremo H D Deve Gowda had urged the party workers to prepare themselves for a possible mid-term elections, which was also endorsed by Mr Kumaraswamy, the JD (S) legislators were reportedly exerting pressure on the former Chief Minister to buy peace with the BJP and pave the way for a new Government.

The legislators, who were averse to facing elections, were reportedly being lured by both the Congress and the BJP, sending jitters in the JD(S) camp.

Some of the JD(S) legislators belonging to the dominant Lingayat community had approached senior party leader and former Home Minister M P Prakash to lead their efforts to avoid mid-term elections. Raising the banner of revolt, former political secretary to Mr Kumaraswamy, Mahima Patel, had already announced his resignation from the JD(S), in protest against the party's decision not to hand over power to the BJP as per the political pact reached between the two parties.

Meanwhile, the Congress, which had informed state governor Rameshwar Thakur that it would not extend support to any group or political party to form the next government, was reportedly in touch with a majority of the JD(S) legislators and was enlisting their support to form a Congress-led government.

Mr Kumaraswamy alleged that both the Congress and the BJP were trying to engineer a split in the JD(S) in their efforts to form a government.

The decision of the UPA to keep the Karnataka assembly in a state of suspended animation had given room for forming an alternate Government, till it was ratified by both the houses of Parliament.

UNI

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