Bangalore, Dec 3 (UNI) Mistrust between leaders of the coalition partners -- JD(S) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- has marred the longevity of the non-Congress Government in the State, Mr Dorairaju, chief mediator between the two divergent ideological parties, said today.
Participating at an interaction meeting, organised by the District Editors Forum here, Mr Dorairaju, who had played a major role in cementing the JD(S)-BJP Government in Karnataka 21 months ago, said ''sheer mistrust between the two coalition partners'' had led to the collapse of the Government.
Denying that it was the BJP which introduced the 'agreement on stamp paper' concept for the formation of coalition Government, he accused former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda of lying to the nation on the issue.
Expressing dismay that there were no takers for the basic portfolios like Education, Housing and Health, he said both JD(S) and BJP legislators were eyeing plum ministries, including Urban Development, Public Works, Energy and Bangalore Development during the power-sharing negotiations.
Stating that BJP General-Secretary H N Ananthkumar, MP, had shown lukewarm interest in the formation of the Yeddyurappa-led Government in the State, Mr Dorairaju claimed that Mr Gowda was hatching some other plan while negotiating with the BJP.