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Karnataka: Senior JD-S leader disagrees with party decision
October 27, 2007 21:49 IST
Disagreeing with the party's decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party again to form a government in Karnataka, senior Janata Dal-Secular leader M P Prakash on Saturday said it was contrary to the "views" of party legislators and he would convene a meeting to discuss the issue.
"The party kept us in the dark," the former home minister, who was pushing for an alliance with the Congress along with a section of JD-S MLAs, told reporters in Bangalore.
"If JD-S wanted to form the government with the BJP, nothing prevented it from handing over power to it (when it completed 20 months as per the agreement)," he said.
By not handing over the chief ministership then, the party put five-and-half crore people into anxiety and the "unnecessary bickerings (between the JD-S and BJP) could have been avoided," he said.
He said the decision to form government with the BJP was "contrary to the views of MLAs".
Prakash questioned the JD-S legislature party leader H D Kumaraswamy handing over the letter of support, when the meeting of the legislature party did not take place at all.
None of the MLAs were given notice for the meeting.
Saturday's meeting was just a "congregation of individuals".
Asked if the party was heading for a split, he said the question did not arise, but it would be difficult for JD-S to explain to the people its decision to go with the BJP now.
"Having built the party brick-by-brick, breaking the party is anathema to us," he said, but hastened to add that he would convene a meeting of MLAs, defeated candidates in the last elections and party workers to discuss the issue.
He said Kumaraswamy is expected to meet him soon.