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Deve Gowda sets conditions for BJP

Conditions include a major say for Deve Gowda's son, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, in decision making.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2007 16:59 IST

As uncertainty continues to haunt BJP's prospect of forming government in Karnataka, JDS President HD Deve Gowda has put forth certain conditions to the saffron party which included a major say for his son, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, in decision making.

Gowda, after unilaterally declaring support to BJP, was now trying to hold the whip in his hand and also liberty for JDS to walk out of the coalition.

The former Prime Minister, in a letter sent to BJP President Rajnath Singh, has said BS Yeddyurappa will be the chief minister and the deputy chief ministership be given to a nominee suggested by the JDS.

He said allotment of portfolios to ministers should be done in consultations with Kumaraswamy, contrary to the earlier agreement that the parties swap portofolios held by them in the previous tenure.

Gowda has insisted that the government provide protection to minorities and Dalits.

In an attempt to gain control over the bureaucracy, Gowda said Kumaraswamy should be consulted on important administrative postings and promotions in respect of top officials to maintain quality administration.

"As far as possible, the state cabinet shall recommend for dissolution of the House in the event of dissolution of the current Lok Sabha or the term of the present Union Cabinet ending, so that the state may go to elections at the same time allowing parties to contest independently," Gowda said.

First Published: Nov 01, 2007 16:43 IST