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Kumaraswamy may form a regional party

Disenchanted with his father Deve Gowda and his JD (S) party, the former CM says he is floating a new party.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2007 03:46 IST

HD Kumaraswamy and former premier HD Deve Gowda appear to be in the centre of a family feud with the former chief minister saying on Tuesday that he is planning to float a party of his own in Karnataka, apparently disenchanted with his father and his JD(S) party.

"I am fed up with the affairs of national parties, including my party. I am seriously thinking to start a regional party," Kumaraswamy told PTI without specifying whether he was disenchanted with Gowda's leadership of the JD(S).

Kumaraswamy's move appears to suggest he was trying to distance himself from the JD(S) decision to vote out the BJP government within eight days after being sworn in.

JD(S) sources said Kumaraswamy is yet to discuss his new proposal with his father and expressed doubts whether the patriarch would permit it.

Earlier, Kumaraswamy struck a discordant note over Gowda's attempts to work out a new alliance with the Congress to form a government.

Gowda is currently in Delhi to hold talks with Congress leaders.

"This morning I spoke to my father, who is camping in Delhi, asking him not to knock the doors of the Congress. Under the situation, it is better to dissolve the assembly and seek a fresh mandate," Kumaraswamy said.

Kumaraswamy said the proposal to form a party of his own had been on his mind for the last few months but it was yet to take concrete shape and no time-frame had been set for launching of the new outfit.

"There is a need for a regional party to address the aspirations of people and to focus on the state's development. My idea has evoked good response from JD(S) MLAs. Those willing to join me are welcome," he said.

First Published: Nov 20, 2007 22:31 IST