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BJP to seek JD-S's support

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Bangalore
May 14, 2004 05:25 PM IST

BJP has said that it would seek the support of the JD(S) to form the next Govt in Karnataka where people have given a fractured mandate.

BJP on Thursday said it would seek the support of the JD(S) of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda to form the next Government in Karnataka, where the electorate has thrown up a fractured mandate.

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"That's the only way, what else we have to do", leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council, DH Shankaramurthy told reporters.

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He said the BJP would open a channel of discussion with JD-S and try to persuade it to support the party to form the Government but hastened to add that they have not yet discussed the issue.

BJP leaders, including Arun Jaitley who is slated to arrive in the city, would discuss the matter during the night or on Thursday and chalk out a strategy.

Asked if the BJP would support a JD-S Government, Shankaramurthy said a coalition Government works well when party with lesser number of seats supports the one with more number of seats.

Shankaramurthy said he did not visualise JD-S joining hands with the Congress simply because electoral support and vote base of the two parties were the same, while that of the BJP and JD-S, "it's almost different".

When pointed out that JD-S had said prior to elections that it would never join forces with the BJP, he said there was nothing wrong in a political party to take certain stands but in the post-election scenario, one had to respond to ground realities.

He hoped JD-S would respond to the new situation, the fractured verdict. People's mandate was against the Congress, he said. All possibilities were being explored.

Asked if the BJP would stake its claim to form the Government being the largest single party, Shankaramurthy said the party was yet to take a decision.

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