JD(S) MLAs press Kumaraswamy to extend support to BJP

Hours after BS Yediyurappa took the oath as chief minister of Karnataka, the out-going chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is surprisingly facing pressure from his own party MLAs to support the new government in the trust vote to be taken up on Monday.

On this issue, JD(S) MLAs said to be divided. This was surfaced at its MLAs meeting at the Taj West End Hotel in Bengaluru, where Kumaraswamy is staying. While one faction was content with sitting in the opposition, the other sought to extend support to the BJP, either by aligning with it or supporting it from the outside.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, former minister GT Deve Gowda said that the pro-BJP faction was very vocal. “We unanimously decided to leave the decision up to Kumaraswamy. He will take a call on this,” he added. The move is a remarkable turnaround from just three days ago when the JD(S) had directed bitter barbs at the BJP for allegedly topping its government  blaming it for supporting the 16 rebels MLAs who ensured the government’s downfall.

Kumaraswamy, before ending his speech in the assembly on the trust vote debate, had a word of advice for the other lawmakers, including those from the rival BJP and its boss BS Yediyurappa. “This seat is not permanent for anybody. There have been 23 chief ministers in this state,” he told the assembly.

“This is all part of politics,” Kumaraswamy later told reporters outside the assembly soon after losing majority and the government.

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