Kumarswamy to wait for Congress decision for coalition

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Bangalore, Oct 24 (UNI) Janata Dal (Secular) will wait for Congress response for the proposal of forming a coalition government in Karnataka to avoid mid-term poll, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said today.

Talking to newsmen here, he said that his party would take a final decision on the issue after getting reply from the Congress.

"We have done whatever we could and the ball is now in Congress court," Mr Kumarswamy said referring to the initiative taken by former Home Minister M P Prakash in paving way for the formation of a new coalition government with the help of Congress.

He said that as a senior leader and in the interest of the party Mr Prakash had taken the initiative as many of the Legislators wanted to avoid mid-term elections.

Ruling out possibility of split in the party, he said the party was united on the issue and would take a unanimous decision on joining hands with Congress.

Earlier, Mr Prakash, who returned to State Capital after meeting the Congress leaders in New Delhi, met Mr Kumarswamy and briefed him about his discussion with Congress leaders in Delhi.

Both Mr Prakash and Mr Kumaraswamy are expected to meet Mr Deve Gowda tomorrow.

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