The former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday ruled out any possibility of reviving its ties with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In a statement here, Mr. Kumaraswamy sought to scotch speculation of the two parties coming together again. “No BJP leader has met me in this regard,” he said.
Mr Kumaraswamy is in New Delhi to attend the monsoon session of Parliament.
Meanwhile, JD(S) working president P.G.R. Sindhia described as “wishful thinking” the statements of BJP leaders that it was exploring possibilities of an understanding with the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda-led party.
“Under no circumstances will Mr. Deve Gowda agree to such a tie-up with the BJP,” he told The Hindu.
Also, there was no proposal before the party for such a tie-up.
He recalled that the previous alliance between the JD(S) and the BJP came about due to a “peculiar situation”.
Meanwhile, party sources, on condition of anonymity, said the BJP had sent feelers to the Janata Dal (S) leaders that it was open to an understanding. “A BJP MLC tried to open channels of communication with the JD(S) leadership through a party MP to forge a tie-up,” a party source said.
But the JD(S) leadership had been cold to such overtures.