BJP rules out formation of govt with JDS support in Karnataka

Bengaluru: “Forming a government with JDS help is an impossibility. I have had a distasteful experience of 20-20 rule under Kumaraswamy’s chief ministership. I do not want to repeat the mistake again,” said Karnataka BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa yesterday while speaking to a news agency.

At a time when speculations are rife that the ruling government in Karnataka led by the coalition partners – JDS-Congress – State BJP Chief said his party favoured fresh assembly elections and that there is no other options.

The ruling party lost 26 Lok Sabha polls in the elections. Congress and JD(S) ended up winning only one seat each in the Lok Sabha elections dealing a blow to the one-year-old coalition. JDS patriarch H D Deve Gowda and Chief Minister Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil lost in Tumkur and Mandya, respectively.

Pointing this out, Yeddyurappa claimed the government has lost people’s faith. coalition partners have decided to run the government, which was against the verdict of the people. He further alleged that the coalition partners have buried their differences just to remain in power, instead of solving people’s problems including, drought and drinking water across the state.

The BJP had to withdraw support to the Kumaraswamy-led government as the JDS leader refused to stepdown as per 20-20 power sharing deal in 2007.

Yeddyurappa said if Sumalatha Ambareesh wanted to join BJP, she was welcome to do so. He further revealed that she had told them that she would talk to the people of Mandya and decide on joining BJP. Sumalatha Ambareesh had defeated Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency.

NT Bureau