BJP demands Governor to invite party to form govt

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Bangalore, Oct 28 (UNI) The BJP today demanded Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur to invite the party to form the alternative government in the state, while the Congress said it would oppose any such move.

Meanwhile, the JD(S) Legislature Party headed for a split with senior party leader M P Prakash refusing to toe the party's line by realigning with the BJP and decided to take a different path on the issue.

Both the BJP, which had a strength of 79 Legislators, and the Congress, which had, 65 needed the support of the JD(S), which commands a 57-strong Legislators group, to form the government in the hung Karnataka Assembly.

In a sudden change of mind, former Chief Minister and JD(S) Legislature party leader H D Kumaraswamy had handed over the party's letter to the Governor last evening, extending its support to the BJP to form the next government.

This came after the Prakash faction threatened to split the party by trying to align with the Congress.

Mr Kumaraswamy had claimed that he was forced to take such a decision to ''save the party from destruction'' as the Congress had allegedly ''conspired'' to engineer a split in the JD(S).

Talking to newspersons, Mr Prakash had said the letter submitted by Mr Kumaraswamy was ''illegal'' and ''invalid'' as the Legislature Party meeting was not called and the party constitution was not adhered to.

''Mr Kumaraswamy's decision to support the BJP has no sanction of the majority of party Legislators,'' he said, claiming that he enjoyed support from majority of party Legislators. He said he would continue efforts to form a government with the Congress.

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