When JD (S), BJP met after the split

November 14th, 2007 - 2:57 am ICT by admin  
“As the leader of the JD (S) Legislature party, I have requested the Governor to invite (BJP leader) B S Yediyurappa to form the government,” Kumaraswamy said after he met the Governor here today.

The BJP leaders led by former Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa met Governor Rameshwar Thakur at the Raj Bhavan and staked the claim to form the next government.

The BJP leaders urged the Governor to request President Pratibha Patil to discontinue the president’s rule in the State, and allow them to form the next Government in the State with the support of all the 58 MLAs of the JD(S).

The Governor is reportedly is taking stock of the political situation there and is consulting legal experts.

The dramatic rapprochement between the BJP and the JD (S) took place in a fast pace with many political analysts being astounded by the turn of events.

However, Kumaraswamy blamed the Congress party’s game plan of splitting the JD (S) that led them to shake hands with the BJP once again.

“We have given reasonable time to the Congress to form the government. But that party did not respond. Instead the Congress tried to split the JD (S) and we decided to go with the BJP,” Kumaraswamy told reporters. n October 7, the BJP had formally withdrawn its support from the 20-month-old Kumaraswamy Government, after the latter refused to hand over the power to the BJP as per the power-sharing agreement between them.

In the present State Assembly, which has been kept under suspended animation, the BJP has highest number of legislators with 79 MLAs, followed by the Congress with 65 MLAs, which excludes the eight other members led by former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who broke away from the JD (S) to join the Congress.

Kumaraswamy led JD (S) has officially 57 members in the legislature, but its strength is down to 48 after Siddaramaiah’s defection.

The smaller parties and independents only add to 17 in the 224-member Assembly. (ANI)

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