Special Correspondent

Bangalore: A meeting of the Karnataka executive committee of the Janata Dal (Secular) held on Thursday passed a one-line resolution authorising party president H.D. Deve Gowda to take a final decision on the transfer of power to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Mr. Deve Gowda and party State unit president Merajuddin Patel strongly criticised the coalition partner. Mr. Gowda even said that he would rather go the “people’s court” than hand over power to the BJP.

Mr. Gowda said that February 3, 2006 (the day on which the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition was formed) was “one of the worst days” in his nearly five decades of political life.

Mr. Gowda said he would call on BJP president Rajnath Singh soon after the Political Affairs Committee meeting and place all the facts before him.