JD(S) hardens stand, insists partner BJP to sign 'MoU'

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Bangalore, Nov 18 (UNI) The fate of six-day-old BJP-led coalition government hangs in balance with JD(S) insisting on its partner to sign the 12-point 'MoU' before Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sought the vote of confidence on the floor of the Assembly here tomorrow.

The crucial meeting of the JD(S) legislature party today unanimously decided to request party supremo H D Devegowda and son H D Kumaraswamy to take a final decision, in the event of BJP refusing to sign the MoU which was drafted by Mr Gowda.

Speaking to newsmen after emerging out form the meeting Mr Kumaraswamy said Mr Gowda explained it to the legislators the need of signing such a pact for the smooth functioning of the government.

He said that a three-member core committee was formed to decide the future course of action if BJP refused to sign the MoU. The core committee consisting party leaders M P Prakash, D Manjunath and Merajuddin Patel will discuss the response of BJP on the issue of MoU and decide the future course of action before legislators attend the one-day special assembly session tomorrow, he said.

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