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Kumaraswamy to meet Gowda this evening

The meeting aims to "clear" differences with Deve Gowda over forming of the new government.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 13:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Karnataka Chief Minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy, along with the MLAs supporting him, would meet JDS supremo and father HD Deve Gowda on Thursday evening.

The meeting aims to "clear" differences with Deve Gowda over forming of the new government.

Kumaraswamy, who has stuck to his guns in installing the JDS-BJP government defying Deve Gowda's plea to rebels to retract their steps, has asked MLAs supporting him to assemble by 4 pm on Thursday.

JDS spokesman YSV Datta said that Kumaraswamy, along with the MLAs, would meet the former Prime Minister to hold discussions with him.

Ahead of the meeting with the MLAs, Deve Gowda has summoned senior leaders MP Prakash, PGR Sindhia and D Manjunath for consultations on the future course of action the party has to take in the event of rebels going ahead with their plans on government formation.

Deve Gowda has stepped up efforts to lure the rebels back and the consultations with them come in the backdrop of the JDS national executive likely to meet in Delhi on Friday, where the party was expected to take a view on the issue.

The party supremo was expected to leave for the national capital either on Thursday evening or by Friday, Datta said.

Kumaraswamy had declared in categorical terms that there was no question of his going back now, having come so far on the issue of forming a new government.

Meanwhile, preparations are on full swing for the swearing-in of the new government on the portals of Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat on Friday.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 13:36 IST