Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda rule out lending support to BJP

Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and his father and former prime minister, HD Deve Gowda, has ruled out any possibility of their Janata Dal (Secular) supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government headed by BS Yediyurappa in the state.

At a time when a section of JD(S) legislators is pushing Kumaraswamy to consider supporting the BJP government from outside, Deve Gowda said his party would play the role of a “constructive” opposition.

“As a regional party, we will oppose where we have to oppose. That’s all. If Yedivurappa does something good for the state, we will welcome it,” he told reporters. In a tweet, Kumaraswamy said, “I have seen baseless reports suggesting that we might ally with the BJP. Our party workers and MLAs shouldn’t give much credence to such rumours…”

The JD(S)-Congress coalition government was toppled on Tuesday after it lost the floor test called by Kumaraswamy following the resignations of 15 rebel MLAs. As the crisis was unfolding, there had been accusations that the BJP was fomenting the rebellion. The faction that favours backing the BJP is headed by GT Devegowda.

Two days ago, the day Yediyurappa took oath as chief minister, he announced after a meeting with JD(S) legislators that such a suggestion had been made, stunning several colleagues and taking the lid off a possible rift brewing within the party.

“Some have suggested that we should sit in opposition, while some legislators are of the opinion that we should support the BJP from outside,” GT Devegowda said on Friday.

However, another senior JD(S) leader from Hassan district, trashed the suggestion. “There is no question of an alliance with the BJP. Yes, some leaders are pushing for it but they are in a minority,” he said on condition of anonymity.

“Of course, there are some leaders who are blindly chasing power and are worried that our party might not return to power any time soon. This is pushing them to act in this manner,” he added.

Also, the JD(S) is torn on whether it should continue its alliance with the Congress. In the floor test Yediyurappa proposes to take on Monday, the coalition has little chance of defeating the BJP because the rebel MLAs are unlikely to return.

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