S. Rajendran and B.S. Satish Kumar

I will get back to you at the earliest: Governor

Thakur likely to send first formal report today

15 MLAs distance themselves from Kumaraswamy group

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) on Monday paraded 129 legislators, including several independents, before Governor Rameshwar Thakur here to pressure him to permit the combine to form a government led by B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Raj Bhavan sources told The Hindu that the Governor, who heard the demand of the legislators and their leaders Mr. Yeddyurappa (BJP) and H.D. Kumaraswamy (JD-S) assured them that he would get back to them at the earliest.

The Governor, who has been in touch with President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Shivaraj Patil, is expected to send his first formal report by Tuesday.

Nearly 15 JD (S) legislators have distanced themselves from the Kumaraswamy group. Along with the Congress, they have presented letters to the Governor seeking the dissolution of the Assembly.

Joint meeting

At a joint meeting of the BJP and JD (S) legislature parties, held prior to the appointment with the Governor, Mr. Yeddyurappa was unanimously elected leader. Earlier, the leaders of the two parties submitted sworn affidavits of 122 legislators to the Governor.

The JD (S) strength swelled from 39 in the morning to 49 in the evening with legislators crossing over from the camp of the former Deputy Chief Minister, M.P. Prakash. At the Raj Bhavan, the staff collected specimen signatures of the legislators for verification.

Prakash gives up

Mr. Prakash and three other legislators, who met the Governor in the afternoon, reportedly told him that they were still hopeful of forming a government with Congress support.

However, at a press meet in the evening, Mr. Prakash said he had given up the effort as he did not have the numbers. But he refused to return to the party mainstream as requested by Mr. Kumaraswamy.

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