JD(S) to support BJP to form government: Kumaraswamy

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Bangalore, Oct 27 (UNI) In a volte-face, the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka today said it would support the BJP to form a government in the state.

Choosing to re-align with the BJP to keep the Congress at bay, JD(S) legislators met at a guest house under the leadership of former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and decided to support the BJP to form a coalition government.

State JD(S) chief Mirajuddin Patel, party spokesman Y S V Datta and former minister N Chaluvarayaswamy held discussions with senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on renewing their alliance.

Mr Naidu reached here early in the morning even as a section of JD(S) legislators led by M P Prakash were in New Delhi to meet Congress leaders to explore the possibility of forming a government.

Talking to newspersons after the meeting, Mr Kumaraswamy announced the decision to re-align with BJP and charged the Congress with attempting to ''split and destroy'' the JD(S) after he resigned on October 8.

Asked whether the decision had the blessings of party supremo H D Deve Gowda, he said, ''wait and see.'' He also ruled out any disciplinary action against Mr Prakash and other legislators, saying the party had given them a free hand to explore the possibility of forming a new government.

The state came under President's Rule soon after the Mr Kumaraswamy's resignation following recommendations by Governor Rameshwar Thakur to the President. The Centre, while imposing President's rule, kept the Assembly in suspended animation.

The BJP had withdrawn support to the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government after the JD(S) refused to transfer power to the party on October four as per their agreement.

UNI

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