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Kumaraswamy to meet BJP leaders

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | February 01, 2006 11:14 IST

Chief minister designate of Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamywill be meeting the top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi on Wednesday and seek their blessings beforehis swearing-inon Feburary 3 inBangalore.

Upon his arrival in New Delhi, Kumaraswamy will head for the residence of L K Advani, leader of the Opposition, on Aurangzeb Road in the heart of the city. The meeting is scheduled for 11 am. Subsequently, he will visit theresidence of A B Vajpayee, former prime minister.

BJP president Rajnath Singhwill receive him in his office around noon, where the details of formation of the new coalition government between the two parties could be firmed up.

"We have already agreed to 18-16 arrangement between the Janata Dal(Secular) and BJP. The departmentsthat were with the congress party would go to the JD-S and those with the JD-S in the Dharm Singh government would come to the BJP," he said.

Thepower-sharing arrangement is for twenty months. BJP Karnataka leader, B S Yediyurappawill be present during deliberations.He isset to bedeputy chief minister in the Kumaraswamy cabinet and later take over aschief minister.

Former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu would host a lunch formedia persons in the afternoon, wherethey willbe able to interact with both Kumaraswamy and Yediyurappa.

Dharam Singh, caretaker chief minister,is, incidentally,also in New Delhi. On Tuesday hemetHome Minister Shivraj Patil.He is likely to call onPrime MinisterManmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress partyon Wednesday and seekdirectivesabout future course of action.

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