KARNATAKA BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that he was awaiting instructions from his party central leadership on staking claim to form an alternative Government in the State. The 14-month old Congress-JD(S) coalition Government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday night after losing vote of confidence in the Assembly in a climax to three-week long intense power struggle. “I’m awaiting instructions from Delhi.
I can call legislature party meeting any time and go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim). I’m waiting for it,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting RSS leaders at its State headquarters “Keshava Krupa” here. Noting that it was because of the blessings and cooperation of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he has grown from taluka to State level to become Chief Minister, he said, “I have come here to take blessings from elders of Sangh Parivar before taking next step.”
Senior BJP legislator J C Madhuswamy said, “party national president Amit Shah has to instruct us to call a legislature party meeting in the presence of an observer to elect the leader.” He said, “things have to go democratically as ours is a national party, so we are waiting for instructions from them, after that appointment with Governor will be sought.” In the trial of legislative strength, Kumaraswamy had garnered 99 votes against the 105 by the BJP
Kumaraswamy non-commital on future of alliance with Congress
A DAY after Government headed by him collapsed, outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday remained non-committal on the future of his party JD(S)’ alliance with Congress, saying both parties have not yet discussed it. “Today we have called our MLAs to work out future strategies. Our top priority is to develop our party, to get the confidence of the people of Karnataka and how to move ahead at this juncture.
We will discuss,” Kumaraswamy told reporters ahead of the JD(S) meeting at the party office here. Responding to a question on continuing alliance with the Congress, he said, “Let us see. I don’t know. I don’t know about the stand of Congress leaders for the future. We have not discussed anything yet.” JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, who is the JD(S) legislature party leader and party State unit chief, are part of the meeting with party legislators.