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K'taka: JD-S sets Monday morning deadline for BJP
Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | November 18, 2007 17:35 IST
Last Updated: November 18, 2007 20:36 IST
On the eve of the BJP-led government's crucial trust vote in the Legislative Assembly, confusion reigns supreme in the state's political circles.
The Janata Dal-Secular has given the Bharatiya Janata Party a deadline of on Monday. If the BJP does not agree to the many conditions put forward by its ally, the JD-S will not issue a whip to its MLAs to vote for Yeddyurappa.
The JD-S is not satisfied with the BJP's promise that the conditions will be fulfilled. Party supremo H D Deve Gowda has drawn up the conditions on a stamp paper and both parties will have to sign on the dotted line before the government formation.
However, the BJP is apprehensive about signing the agreement as it fears that it will give the JD-S extensive power to control the government.
A final meeting of the JD-S Legislature Party will be held at on Monday morning.
"If the BJP does not sign on the papers, then there is no question of the government being formed," said a source in Deve Gowda's party.
Apart from signing the papers, the BJP and JD-S leaders will also have to issue a joint public statement about agreeing to the conditions.
JD-S sources told rediff.com that both Kumaraswamy and Gowda agree that the BJP needs to sign the agreement. The party is also upset about the inclusion of Bellary MLA Sriramulu into the government. The former tourism minister had earlier accused Kumaraswamy of attempt to murder.
Meanwhile, the agreement has managed to divide the BJP as a majority of BJP MLAs have stated in clear terms that they will not agree to the JD-S' conditions.
A faction of the BJP feels that Yeddyurappa is dancing too readily to the JD-S' tunes. Some BJP MLAs have even rushed to
Both parties have shifted their MLAs to a resort in the outskirts of the city to prevent any last-minute horse trading.