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BJP puts off decision on K'taka power tussle
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | October 04, 2007 20:43 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday put off its final decision on the power tussle in Karnataka.
During a meeting of BJP's central parliamentary board in New Delhi, it was decided that a final decision on the issue will be taken after party president Rajnath Singh meets Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda on October 5.
When asked why party general secretary Anant Kumar's name was coming up time and again as the saffron party's possible chief ministerial candidate, Sinha sprung up to the defence of Kumar stating that he had been supporting the candidature of Yediyruppa from the day since the power-sharing agreement between JDS and BJP was formed.
"Even before I reached Bangalore I requested him to be there and he was with me right through the negotiations," Sinha said.
When his attention was drawn to Chief Minister Kumaraswamy's statement that BJP had been conducting negotiations through the media, Sinha said if the party was being targetted when it was sharing information with the media and even when it was not. "Either way, we are trapped," he said.He made it clear that if Kumaraswamy did not agree to step down, then BJP was ready for mid-term polls.
Rajnath also rejected claims that the BJP was trying to break both Congress and JDS to form a new government.