Deve Gowda denies role in fall of BJP-led govt

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Bangalore, Nov 29 (UNI) Former Prime Minister and National Janata Dal(S) President H D Deve Gowda today denied that he had ever insisted the BJP to sign an agreement on stamp paper for extending support to it for forming government in Karnataka.

Addressing the party's state unit executive meeting here, Mr Gowda claimed, ''I never insisted on signing of stamp paper agreement to extend support to the BJP to form government in Karnataka. The issue was grossly misquoted by both media and the BJP.'' Stating that taking lessons of 20-month coalition government led by Mr H D Kumaraswamy he had only suggested certain measures for the smooth functioning for the rest of the term.

''However, certain elements in the BJP, who were against formation of the government, spoiled the function and JD(S) cannot be blamed for it,'' he charged.

Accepting that only he had sought the support of BJP when the Congress tried to break his party, Mr Gowda, however, alleged that it was the BJP leaders who were responsible for the toppling of Yeddyurappa government. The state BJP leaders had almost agreed to sign the agreement. But it was foiled due to the greed of their own party, he charged.

Thanking both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for taking decision to dissolve the assembly and end political uncertainty in the state, Mr Gowda also promised that he would strive hard to bring his party back to power on its own strength.

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