Cong adopts 'wait and watch' policy

Updated on Oct 03, 2007 01:31 PM IST

Experts predict that it might extend external support to the JDS to retain power if the latter severed links with BJP.

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PTI | By, New Delhi

Congress has adopted a "wait and watch" mode in Karnataka despite reports expressing possibility of it extending outside support to the JDS to retain power if it severed links with the BJP.

"We are watching the situation closely," AICC general secretary Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said when asked about reports of the possibility of the party extending outside support to the JDS, which is currently locked in tussle with its coalition partner BJP on the transfer of power issue.

The reports also had it that a decision on the issue would be taken after Sonia Gandhi's return from her foreign tour.

Congress had so far been giving signals that it does not want to get embroiled in the power tussle in Karnataka as such a move would be electorally counter productive.

"Why should we take the anti-incumbency of the JDS when election is the best way out," goes the argument in the Congress.

The JDS had organised a meeting of political affairs committee on October 5 to decide the future course of action while 17 BJP minister have submitted their resignation to the Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy last night.

JDS had sprang a surprise on Congress, in January last year, when it pull the rug from the Congress-led coalition in the state and joined hands with BJP in a power sharing pact.

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