Some members in favour of extending support to BJP: JD(S) MLA

Bengaluru: Three days after the Congress-JDS coalition government fell, JDS MLA G T Devegowda revealed that some JD(S) legislators have urged H D Kumaraswamy to extend external support to the BJP government.

The three-week long political drama came to an end when Yediyurappa yesterday took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, ending the 11-month rule of JD(S)-Congress coalition government.

A media report said Kumaraswamy convened a meeting on Friday night and the JD(S) legislators were divided over the party’s future course of action and difference of opinion cropped up.

Although several members of the coalition government blamed the BJP for the defection of MLAs, a few of the legislators have reportedly asked Kumaraswamy to lend support to BJP externally. But he has to take the final call.

Meanwhile, JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda congratulated Yediyurappa on his swearing-in as the chief minister.

Amid speculations about BJP and JD(S) joining hands, Yediyurappa had recently ruled out any possibility of alliance with the regional party, having bitter experience in the past. The BJP and

It is to be noted that JD(S) and BJP had formed a coalition government in 2006 with Kumaraswamy as chief minister and Yediyurappa as his deputy under a power sharing formula of 20 months each. But the government collapsed as the JD(S) did not transfer power to BJP. The saffron party subsequently won the elections in 2008.

NT Bureau