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Karnataka crisis: Parties happy, expect polls

The President's rule brings much glee to leaders of all major political parties on Tuesday, reports BR Srikanth.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2007 01:27 IST
BR Srikanth
BR Srikanth
Hindustan Times

The Union Government's decision to impose President's rule in Karnataka and the prospect of early elections to the state’s legislative assembly brought much glee to leaders of all major political parties on Tuesday.

The news of President's rule evoked relief within the state unit of the BJP, which was suspecting Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda to team up with the Congress for a new coalition arrangement. The BJP will certainly strive to whip up sympathy, in continuation of its "betrayal" campaign against the JD(S). "The hat-trick (of betrayals) heroes, Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, will certainly be one (of the major issues)," said D.V. Sadananda Gowda, president of the state unit of the BJP.

Said former chief minister and BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, "I welcome the government's decision to bring our state under President's rule."

State Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said, "We requested the government last month to dissolve the House and order fresh elections. Now, everyone has seen how these two parties first came together, then fell apart and reunited to fall again. We are confident of winning a sufficient number of seats to lead the government because of our ability to provide a stable administration."

Former CM and JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy said, "The decision to dissolve the state assembly and seek a fresh mandate is most welcome."

First Published: Nov 21, 2007 00:22 IST