Kumaraswamy says JD(S) ready for unconditional support

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Bangalore, Nov 4: Bowing to the criticisms from different quarters, JD(S) today decided to withdraw its MoU that listed a 12-point 'conditions' on its coalition partner BJP, Former Chief Minister and party leader H D Kumarswamy said today.

Speaking to news persons here, he said the party would now extend an 'unconditional' support to the BJP to form the next coalition government. "However, if something happens to the government due to some administrative lapses or mishaps, JD(S) should not be blamed," he stated.

He insisted that party supremo H D Deve Gowda did not stipulate any conditions on the BJP in forming the new government but only sent a list of 'advises' and there was nothing wrong in it.

"This was meant for the smooth conduct of the government. But a large section of the media misinterpreted it. The media had also misquoted me after I met the governor on Nov 3. I had never said that BJP was communal or that there was a rethink on supporting the party," he said.

Mr Kumarswamy said he had only told the media that Governor Rameshwar Thakur had discussed with him the rallies being organised by the BJP. "Peaceful dharna, which doesn't affect the public, is no problem with us. But if it affects the people like it did early this week when BJP took out a rally, we will not support it. This is what I told the media yesterday but I had been quoted out of context," he said.

He said JD(S) continued to support BJP. Following the recent developments it would now extend the support without any conditions.

"We will speak to Mr Gowda and convince him to withdraw the MoU. But we don't want the party to be blamed for everything that happens in the political arena in this state," he added.


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