Even as some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have set off speculation by stating that they are ready to join hands with their estranged partner Janata Dal (S) if the situation demands, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday chose to maintain silence on the subject.

“I do not know in what context party State president K.S. Eshwarappa, and others have made such statements.

“The party leaders are meeting after the rally on August 2 in Davangere when I will find out the context and background for the leaders to issue such a statement and then I will react,” the Chief Minister told presspersons after visiting the residence of an organic-farmer couple here and holding a consultation with the large number of organic farmers.

Asked if the need had arisen for the BJP to forge an alliance with the JD(S) to save his government, he said: “I will not comment on the issue.”

Ruled out

Meanwhile, sources in the BJP made it clear that there was no question of joining hands with the Janata Dal (Secular).

Sources said Mr. Eshwarappa was only trying to say that the BJP was ready for a strong counter strategy against the Congress when he said that the party would consider all possibilities including joining hand with the JD(S).