Staff Correspondent

BJP State unit president says meeting likely to take place on October 27

MANGALORE: The coordination committee of the ruling coalition partners Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party will meet after Deepavali to sort out various issues, president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Friday.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda said he had spoken to Home Minister M.P. Prakash in this regard and that the committee in all possibility would meet on October 27.

Interacting with presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Gowda said he did not want to comment on reported statements of Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda about the functioning of the coalition government.

"Our [BJP's] arrangement is with the Janata Dal (Secular) headed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and we will sort out all issues with him," he said.

Stating that he had clarified the party's stand on various issues to Mr. Kumaraswamy even in the past, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said he did not want to get into a verbal duel with Mr. Deve Gowda on any issue

Denying any disagreement between the coalition partners on the need for ordering a judicial probe into the Mangalore incidents, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said Mr. Kumaraswamy had clarified the Government's stand in this regard at Hassan recently.

Mr. Kumaraswamy had reportedly said that the Government would order a judicial probe into the incidents if the circumstances so warranted, he noted.