Three weeks after they parted company over power transfer issue, the JD-S on Saturday formally handed over its letter to estranged coalition partner BJP, pledging support to a saffron party-led government in Karnataka.
A delegation of JD-S leaders led by its state unit President Merajuddin Patel handed over the letter to former Deputy Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa of BJP declaring its support to a BJP-JDS coalition government, JDS spokesman YSV Datta told reporters in Bangalore.
A decision to extend support to the BJP-led coalition government was adopted at the JDS Legislature Party meeting chaired by former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who also heads the legislature wing, he said after handing over the letter.
The JDS resolved to revive its snapped ties with the BJP to avert a split in the party in the wake of attempts by the Congress to do so, Datta said, as leaders of the saffron party took stock of the rapidly unfolding political developments and awaited its party high command's response.
"We have sent letters to President Pratibha Patil and Governor Rameshwar Tahkur with a request to give an opportunity to BJP leader Yediyurappa to form the BJP-JDS government," Kumaraswamy said.
"Efforts are already underway to form BJP-JD(S) government in the state," said Kumaraswamy, whose party JD(S) did a somersault, extending a hand of friendship to BJP to checkmate the Congress.
Leaders from BJP and JD (S) were expected to call the Governor later in the day to stake claim for government formation.