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JD-S keeps BJP on tenterhooks

The JD-S on Sunday puts off a decision on continuing support to the Yeddyurappa Govt to the last minute.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2007 17:23 IST

Barely a day before the crucial trust vote to be sought by the newly formed BJP-led Government, its ally JD-S on Sunday puts off a decision on continuing support to the Yeddyurappa Government to the last minute, keeping the saffron party on tenterhooks.

A meeting of the JD-S Legislature party passed a resolution authorising the party chief HD Devegowda and its leader HD Kumaraswamy to decide on the issue of continuing its support to the BJP-led government.

The meeting asked Kumaraswamy to hold talks with Yeddyurappa to sign a 12-point MoU for extending its support during the vote of confidence on Monday.

"The legislature party passed an unanimous resolution authorising Devegowda and Kumaraswamy to take a decision on extending support to the trust vote tomorrow", state unit JD-S President Merajuddin Patel told reporters after the meeting.

Kumaraswamy, after consultations with Yeddyurappa, would brief senior leaders - MP Prakash, D Manjunath and him on the outcome. The leaders in turn would later discuss it with Devegowda. The former prime minister will decide on whether to issue a whip to his party legislators or not, Patel said.

Meanwhile, JD-S sources said the party was firm in demanding that the BJP allocate it the portfolios of Mines and Geology and Bangalore Development Authority, which otherwise would have gone to the saffron party under the power sharing pact entered into between them in 2006.

BJP has rushed in its senior leader Yashwant Sinha, in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka to assist the state unit leader in the negotiations and ensure smooth passage of the trust vote.

First Published: Nov 18, 2007 17:04 IST