BJP withdraws support to JD(S) in Karnataka

BJP withdraws support to JD(S) in Karnataka

New Delhi: Ending the fortnight-long power tussle in Karnataka following the JD(S) refusal to handover chief ministership to it, the BJP on 6 October withdrew support to the 20-month-old H D Kumaraswamy government in the state.

The decision to pull out of the regime was taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board which met a day after JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda made it clear that power transfer will not take place in the state.

Since the meeting between BJP president Rajnath Singh and Gowda did not “lead to any positive results, the Parliamentary Board has decided to withdraw support from the Karnataka government," senior leader and party in-charge of Karnataka, Yashwant Sinha told reporters here.

“The issue is not just about transfer of power, it is betrayal," he said.

“We have learnt a lesson and will have to be careful in future,“ Sinha said, summing up the party’s experience with the JD(S). “It is always a learning process," he added.

The BJP, which wanted B S Yeduriyappa as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka after the power transition, was, however, non-committal on its candidate for the post in the event of mid-term elections in the state.

“Yeduriyaapa was our chief ministerial candidate. If elections were to take place, the Parliamentary Board will take a decision in this regard at the appropriate time," Sinha said.

The alliance between JD(S) and BJP had been uneasy right from the beginning and Kumaraswamy had in the last one month given enough hints that his party would not hand over power to the saffron party despite the power-sharing accord.

Deve Gowda’s plain refusal for the same came a week after he pulled out of talks with Sinha, complaining that BJP leaders in Karnataka had filed a murder case against his Chief Minister son.