Deve Gowda lists 12 pt charter to BJP

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Bangalore, Nov 1: Janata Dal (Secular) Supremo H D Devegowda today announced a 12 point Memorandum of Understanding to Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh including recommendation of dissolution of the Assembly in coeval with tenure of the present term of the Parliament or its earlier dissolution. Releasing the copy of MoU addressed to the BJP President to the media here, he said the MoU would act as a vital foundation for smooth and cordial functioning of the BJP led Karnataka Democratic Front government in the state.

Mr Devegowda desired that the state should go into the elections at the same time the election to the Parliament was held to enable the coalition partners to contest elections independent of each other. The 12 points, among others, included that BJP leader Yeddyurappa would hold the post of the Chief Ministership and the Deputy Chief Minister post shall be held by a nominee of the JD(S).

The portfolios or ministries would be decided in consultation with JD(S) whose spokesperson would be former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. The respective political parties should ensure that no minister or MLA or MLC from either party shall level any allegation against the other party or its members. In the event of any member of any party has any grievance, the same shall be expressed in private meetings through their leader Yeddyurappa and Mr Kumaraswamy who should take up the issue and resolve.

The MoU also included that President of both parties, their respective senior leaders should not level allegation against each other publicly. Grievance, if any, would be discussed through their leaders in the Coordination Committee. The important administrative postings and promotions in respect of high administrative offices should be made by the Chief Minister in consultation with Mr Kumaraswamy.

All the decisions of the cabinet in regard to the on going developmental projects and other important works of public importance should not be altered or annulled except with the political consensus in the ruling coalition.

In the event of any significant departure or deviation from the above understanding that impaired the ability of the coalition to provide highest standards of governance in the state, which remained unresolved through the mechanism of coordination committee, any of the partners shall be at liberty to withdraw from the coalition, it added.

Mr Devegowda said the MoU had been drafted on the lines of his meeting with BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on September 30 followed by his discussions with the BJP President in New Delhi on October 5.

He observed that formalisation of the understanding would not only facilitate the task of government formation in a spirit of mutual understanding and good will, but would go a long way in ensuring harmonious functioning of the coalition to provide model governance in the state by avoiding the kind of aberrations that took place during the functioning of the coalition for 20 months, since its formation by state leaders of both the parties that created a crisis of credibility for the coalition and the young Chief Minister and his family.

UNI

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