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Deve Gowda to meet PM tomorrow

Keeping cards close to his chest on the stand of JD-S over the July 22 trust vote, former PM H D Deve Gowda says he will call on PM on Saturday in Delhi for a discussion on the issue.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2008 04:20 PM IST

Keeping cards close to his chest on the stand of JD-S over the July 22 trust vote, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Friday said he would call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday in Delhi for a discussion on the issue.

"The Prime Minister spoke to me this morning. I will be meeting him (Manmohan Singh) tomorrow in Delhi," Gowda told the press after consultations on the issue with state unit JD-S leaders in Bangalore.

The leaders authorised Gowda to take an "appropriate" decision on the crucial matter, JD-S sources said.

Gowda said that the party MP from Kerala, M P Veerendra Kumar, who had distanced from JD-S in 2006 protesting against formation of a coalition government with BJP in Karnataka will be returning to the "parent" party.

Kumar had expressed his bitterness after the JD-S joined hands with BJP, Gowda said adding that "it is all over now".

Any decision on supporting the UPA government during the upcoming trust vote in the Lok Sabha will be taken keeping in mind the interest of JD-S and to strengthen it, Gowda said.

"The issue will also be discussed with senior leader of the party Babu Kaldate. Ultimately any decision on the matter will be based on strengthening the party," Gowda said.

JDS has a three MPs in Lok Sabha including Gowda, besides Kumar and Shivanna.

"There is still two days time," Gowda remarked indicating that his party was in no hurry to spell out its stand on the trust vote.

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