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BJP rules out government formation with JD(S)

Ruling out any alliance with JD(S), BJP asserted it preferred fresh polls in Karnataka.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 23:18 IST

BJP on Sunday firmly ruled out formation of an alternative government aligning with JD(S) in the event of fall of the Congress-led coalition government in Karnataka, asserting that it preferred fresh polls.

"BJP is not interested in forming a government with JD(S) and the party recently has taken a decision to prepare for snap polls", its state unit president Jagadish Shettar said in Bangalore.

Shettar, setting at rest speculations over BJP and JD(S) engaging in talks to explore the possibility of installing a government, termed them as "baseless" and "rumours" set off by JD(S) to mount pressure on Congress to share power in panchayats which have received a fractured verdict.

"No JDS leader has spoken to us, nor BJP leader has talked to the JD(S) leaders on government formation", he claimed.

Shettar also accused JD(S) leaders of making repeated statements on government formation using BJP's name.

The relations between coalition government partners Congress and JDS has soured after the panchayat polls as the Congress was disinterested in sharing power with it.

JD(S) supremo HD Devegowda who was annoyed of the Congress' stand, has threatened to review his parties ties with the coalition government.

Meanwhile a JD(S) office bearer refusing to be quoted, ruled out his party forming government with BJP support.

However, he said if a group of BJP legislators split from the party and join JD(S), there could be a possibility of forming a government.

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 15:45 IST