Staff Reporter

H.D. Kumaraswamy gets a breather, party National Council meet put off

M.P. Prakash reported to be against splitting JD(S) Sindhia may float Janata Democratic Front BJP facing problems in finalising list of Ministers

BANGALOR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (S), have convened separate meetings of their legislature parties on February 7, the day prior to the confidence vote to be taken in the Legislative Assembly.

While the Janata Dal (S) has asked its legislators to attend the meeting at a city hotel. The BJP Legislature Party will meet at the official residence of Deputy Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa.

According to sources, the BJP has issued a whip to all its MLAs to support the motion of confidence. The lone associate member from Shiggaon has been told to vote for the confidence motion.

The Janata Dal (S), whose problems have been blown over for the time being with the postponement of the meeting of the national council by 20 days, heaved a sigh of relief.

Sources in the party said that the postponement has helped the party led by H.D. Kumaraswamy to issue a whip to all his MLAs, including those who have declined to support the new coalition and the AIPJD group led by Siddaramaiah.

It is being said that the Chief Minister has been successful in assuaging the ruffled feelings of the former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash and has obtained his blessings.

It is stated that Mr. Prakash has made it clear that he would not allow the break-up of the party.

Meanwhile, there is talk that the former Minister P.G.R. Sindhia, who is supporting the party President H.D. Deve Gowda, is thinking of floating a Janata Democratic Front with the party MLAs who have decided against supporting the new Government or who would turn against Mr. Kumaraswamy if they are not appointed as ministers.

Sources said that Mr. Sindhia will be the chairman of the Front. The decision of the Janata Dal (S) at the national level to postpone the national council meeting has come in handy for many party MLAs, who are wavering in their loyalties.

On the issue of Cabinet expansion, the BJP sources said it is going to be expanded mostly on February 10 and nine members each from the two parties will be sworn in.

Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who has been empowered by the Central leadership to discuss the issue with party leaders such as the all India General Secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar, the State President Jagadish Shettar, and K.S. Eshwarppa, MLA, has already held several rounds of discussions.

The date of expansion might be delayed by a day, if the deliberations in the two parties on the selection of ministers are not completed..

In comparison with the Janata Dal (S), the BJP may face problems in selecting its nominees from the Council, which has party veterans such as D.H. Shankaramurthy, V.S. Acharya, Ramachandra Gowda and Mukhyamantri Chandru.