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Kumaraswamy threatens snap polls

Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy threatens to go for snap polls and even break the power sharing pact with BJP.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2007 20:46 IST

Ahead of crucial talks on the power struggle in Karnataka, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy on Thursday threatened to go for snap polls and even break the power sharing pact with BJP which insisted that the agreement was "non-negotiable" and that "goal-posts" cannot be shifted.

As the scene to break the impasse shifted to Delhi after JD-S failed to hand over chief ministership to BJP on October 3 as slated, its supremo HD Deve Gowda said in Bangalore a final decision on power transfer will be taken in "48 hours".

Gowda has kept open the window of keeping the coalition alive as the JD-S has left the final decision on power transfer to be taken at the meeting of its political affairs committee in Delhi on Friday which will be followed up with a make or break meeting with BJP president Rajnath Singh.

The BJP Parliamentary Board met in Delhi to stock of the situation as the saffron party stood its ground saying the power-sharing agreement with the JD(S) was "non-negotiable" and that party leader BS Yediyurappa was its chief ministerial candidate.

"The arrangement entered between the JD(S) and the BJP has to be implemented," BJP spokesman Yashwant Sinha said. "You can't shift goalposts at this stage."

Addressing the JD-S' state executive meeting in Bangalore, Kumaraswamy lashed out at the BJP sending strong signals that the JD-S would rather go to polls than pass on the baton to its coalition partner.

Kumaraswamy said he was willing to face elections if the situation caused by the "character assassination" campaign by the BJP leaders in the state continues.

"We will go to people's court.I am ready to break my word on power transfer," he said.

In the evening, Kumaraswamy called on Governor Rameshwar Thakur amid reports that he would seek an emergent session of the state assembly to seek a trust vote.