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Karnataka JD(S) MLA quits

Bangalore, October 7
In the first sign of revolt within the JD(S) over the issue of power transfer, party MLA Mahima J. Patel today resigned from the post of Parliamentary secretary protesting against the party going back on its promise of power transfer to the BJP.

Mahima, who had been appointed Karnataka's representative in New Delhi, sent in his resignation to the Chief Minister.

Son of former Chief Minister late J.H. Patel, he belongs to the dominant Lingayat community to which B.S. Yediyurappa, whom the JD(S) denied Chief Ministership by not transferring power, also hails.

Meanwhile, ending nearly two years of uneasy ties, the BJP today formally withdrew support to the JD(S)-led coalition government in Karnataka, headed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, after he refused to transfer power to the saffron party which also sought a floor test for him in three days.

BJP leaders, led by its former Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, met Governor Rameshwar Thakur and handed over to him the letter withdrawing support to Kumaraswamy.

It urged the Governor to direct Kumaraswamy to seek a floor test within three days.

“In these circumstances, we pray that the Governor dismiss Kumaraswamy from the Chief Ministership or in the alternative, if Kumaraswamy is desirous of seeking a vote of confidence in the legislature, he should be called to convene a session within three days”, the BJP said in its letter.

However, a beleaguered Kumaraswamy said he would meet Thakur to plead that he be given an opportunity to prove his majority on the floor of the house.

“I should be given a chance to prove majority”, he said, seeking to spike BJP allegations of ‘betrayal’. He charged some state and Central BJP leaders had conspired to stall power transfer to prevent Yediyurappa from becoming the Chief Minister. — PTI

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Cong general secretary reviews situation

Bangalore, October 7
Congress general secretary Prithviraj Chavan arrived here today to hold consultations with the party's rank and file on the political situation arising out of the withdrawal of support by BJP to JD (S) government.

Chavan, who is incharge of Congress affairs in Karnataka, said he has been deputed by party high command following the political upheaval to discuss the situation with legislators, state unit office-bearers and other senior leaders.

“Today, BJP has finally withdrawn support to the Kumaraswamy government. The government is in a minority legally. Congress will take a decision on the evolving situation. I will be holding consultations today and tomorrow,” he said. — PTI

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