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BJP sniffs power in Karnataka

RIDING A splintered Janata Dal (S), the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to get its maiden shot at governance in south India through a new political combination in Karnataka. The split of its erstwhile coalition has virtually ended the reign for its partner Congress, whose leaders were reduced to pledging to take the "betrayal" to the people.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 01:24 IST

RIDING A splintered Janata Dal (S), the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to get its maiden shot at governance in south India through a new political combination in Karnataka. The split of its erstwhile coalition has virtually ended the reign for its partner Congress, whose leaders were reduced to pledging to take the "betrayal" to the people.

The final call now rests with Governor Trilok Nath Chaturvedi. Late on Friday night, both Chief Minister Dharam Singh and the rebellious Dal (S) MLAs and BJP leaders met Chaturvedi with claims and counter-claims.

On Friday night, AICC general secretary A K Antony revealed the letter senior Janata Dal (S) leader H D Deve Gowda wrote requesting Dharam Singh to quit without seeking the confidence vote.

Calling his son's apostasy the most "unfortunate event" of his life, he blamed some MLAs for using him to destroy the coalition. "It is better the Chief Minister reigns before the vote of confidence. Otherwise, it might lead to bitterness during the debate (on the motion of confidence)," his letter read. The Congress did not buy his plea since it "will pave the way for a smooth take-over by the JD (S)-BJP," Antony said.

Kumaraswamy too gave his father a clean chit: "people are suspicious about this arrangement and that my father is behind this. His commitment to secularism is well-known," he said.

The rebel leader earlier vetoed his father's plea to his MLAs , and issued them a whip.

The drama climaxed with the Congress triggering a crisis in the House, forcing speaker Krishna to adjourn the assembly sine die. The party was protesting against the speaker's decision to recognise H D Kumaraswamy as the new leader of the Dal (S) legislature party (JDLP).

The House was adjourned thrice, but order was not restored for the confidence vote to be moved. Outside, the theatre was no less interesting: Deve Gowda stepped down as president of JD(S) for failing to maintain unity. The next step for the new formation could be announced on February 3, the day Kumaraswamy and BJP had chosen for oath of office.