One section of JD(S) wish to ‘extend support’ to BJP

One section of JD(S) wish to ‘extend support’ to BJP

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Bengaluru, 27 July 2019: The rift inside JD(S) about extending support to Yediyurappa government has almost come out in public. Highly placed sources say that a section of JD(S) legislators have put pressure on HD Kumaraswamy to extend external support to the BJP government in Karnataka.

The difference of opinion among the legislators surfaced in a meeting convened by Kumaraswamy on Friday night to decide the party's future course of action. JD(S) MLA and former minister GT Devegowda said, "We (MLAs) discussed the future course of action. Some have suggested that we should sit in opposition, while some legislators are of the opinion that we should support the BJP from outside."

After the down fall of HD Kumaraswamy, all of a sudden JD(S) legislators were a divided lot over their next course of action. After the meeting of party legislators here, "We have authorised Kumaraswamy to take the final decision," GT Devegowda said.

Yediyurappa, who sworn-in as Chief Minister for a fourth time, is going to face trust vote on Monday. Though he could manage to taking oath as Chief Minister, still the big challenge to manage numbers staring him in the face.

Meanwhile, JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, in a tweet, congratulated Yediyurappa on his swearing-in. At the same time, Yediyurappa had recently ruled out any possibility of an alliance with the regional party, having bitter experience in the past. The BJP and JD(S) 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. That government had collapsed as the JD(S) did not transfer power to BJP, paving the way for the saffron party to win elections in 2008.