JD-S offers support to UPA, wants ‘development in Karnataka’

May 18th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy Monday offered his party’s support to the Congress-led government at the centre but wanted assurance of development in his state Karnataka. His party had fought against the Congress in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls.
“My expectations at this moment (are) - I want to get more benefits and development for Karnataka. For that I would like to get confidence of Congress leaders,” Kumaraswamy said here.

The former Karnataka chief minister was in the capital to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi. At the polls, his party was part of the Third Front, which wanted to install a “non-BJP non-Congress government” at the centre.

“If they (Congress) request my support I will consider. If they want to meet then will we discuss the Karnataka development issues, not any personal issues,” Kumaraswamy said, adding the state has been neglected by successive central governments for the last 16 years.

The JD-S won three Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka in the recently concluded elections in which the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) emerged as the largest grouping but is 10 short of the halfway mark to form the government.

–Indo-Asian News Sevice

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