Bangalore, Oct 15(UNI) Janata Dal(S) which had lost power in the state following the fall of coalition government was now struggling to keep its flock together and has convened a two-day meeting of party legislators at a private resort to chart 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 for the state assembly had convened a meeting of party legislators and take their views during next two days on the issue of formation of next alternate government or to go for elections.
Even though party supremo H D Deve Gowda had called the party workers to prepare themselves for the possible mid-term elections to the state assembly, which was also endorsed by Mr H D Kumaraswamy the party legislators were reportedly bringing pressure on former Chief minister to buy peace with BJP and pave way for a new government.
The party legislators, who were against facing elections, were reportedly being lured by both Congress and BJP have sent jitters in JD(S) camp. To save the situation from any ignominy the former Chief Minister had convened JD(S) LP meeting to hear their views.
Already some of the JD(S) legislators belonging to dominant Lingayat community have met separately and approached party's senior leader and former Home minister M P Prakash to take lead in their efforts to avoid mid-term elections. Rising the banner of revolt former political secretary to H D Kumaraswamy Mahima Patel had already announced his resignation to JD(S) in protest against party's decision not to hand over power to BJP as per political pact reached between two parties.
Meanwhile the Congress party which had communicated Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur that it will not extend support to any group or political party to form next government was reportedly in touch with majority of the JD(S) legislators and enlisting their support to form Congress-led government. H D Kumaraswamy had already criticised that Congress was trying to come back to power through 'Backdoor'. He also charged that both Congress and BJP were trying to engineer split in JD(S) in their efforts to form government.
The decision of UPA government at the centre to keep Karnataka assembly under suspended animation had given room for forming next alternate government till it was ratified by both the houses of Parliament.