Efforts on to end impasse over power transfer

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Bangalore, Oct 3 (UNI) Efforts are on to end the impasse over transfer of power in Karnataka, with BJP president Rajnath Singh holding talks with JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda this morning.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Gowda said they exchanged views on resolving the crisis. He said the ''cloud of uncertainty'' over power transfer would be cleared by the Party National Executive meeting in New Delhi on October 5.

The BJP Parliamentary Board would meet in New Delhi tomorrow to discuss the issue, he added.

Ruling out the possibility of joining hands again with Congress to form a government in Karnataka, Mr Gowda said, ''such proposals are not before the party at present.'' Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who had submitted his resignation to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy along with 16 other BJP ministers yesterday, expressed confidence that the transfer of power would be smooth.

''We will wait for another two days as appealed by JD(S) before taking next course of action. I will take all measures to see that situation does not lead to mid-term elections in Karnataka,'' Mr Yediyurappa said.


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