Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: With the Janata Dal (Secular) leadership showing unmistakable signs of severing its ties with the BJP, the Congress in Karnataka is understood to be preparing the ground for imposition of President’s rule.

A senior Congress leader from Mysore region told The Hindu that the Congress was preparing to extend outside support to a Janata Dal (S) Government led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy after party supremo H.D. Deve Gowda announces the party’s decision against handing over power to the BJP.

“With the way things are going, it will become imminent for the Congress to extend outside support to the Janata Dal (S). But, when Mr. Kumaraswamy seeks a vote of confidence on the floor of the Assembly, the anti-Deve Gowda group in the Congress will not hesitate to pull the rug from under his feet,” the Congress leader said.

Such a strategy will ensure that the Kumaraswamy-led Government will be reduced to a minority and summarily dismissed to pave the way for imposition of President’s rule in the State.

The Congress would prefer to go for mid-term polls under President’s rule rather than under a caretaker Government led by Mr. Kumaraswamy.

Plan of action

The Congress’s plan of action may even turn out be a quid pro quo to the manner in which Congress-led coalition Government with Janata Dal (S) was ousted from power by Mr. Kumaraswamy and the MLAs supporting him in 2006.

Except for Union Ministers M.V. Rajasekharan and K.H. Muniyappa and the former Union Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief and the former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, a majority of the Congress leaders in the State are averse to revival of ties with the Janata Dal (S).

The recent political developments in the State have turned the focus on the former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, archrival of Mr. Deve Gowda.

The anti-Siddaramaiah group in the Congress is understood to have taken the initiative to renew ties with the Janata Dal (S) with a view to isolating the former Deputy Chief Minister in the party.

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