BS Yediyurappa, HD Kumaraswamy spike talk of merger, say joined hands to oust Prathap Chandra Shetty | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Days after BJP and JD(S) came together with the common objective of ousting Prathap Chandra Shetty as chairman of the legislative council, chief minister BS Yediyurappa and his predecessor HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday spiked reports of any possibility of a merger of the parties.
In a statement, Yediyurappa said there was no question of admitting JD(S) legislators into BJP or working for a merger of the parties and added that the understanding with JD(S) was limited to a one-off event to dislodge Shetty. “There is no occasion for any such development,” the statement read.
He said opposition expressed by JD(S) to the controversial anti-cow slaughter legislation has forced the BJP to look at the ordinance route, suggesting that the state party cannot be an ally on issues central to the BJP. “Next assembly elections are 2.5 years away, and media reports are far from the truth,” he added.
Speculation has been rife in the past few months that Yediyurappa, if asked by BJP to resign as CM, may float a party with help from the JD(S) in his bid to remain in power.
Will never think of merger: HDK
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Kumaraswamy, in a near-coordinated exercise on Sunday, sent out a series of tweets to put the party’s identity above narrow political gains and said it’s “a party of Kannadigas with self-esteem and will never think of a political merger. The party will never display such stupidity. At most, we may extend issue-based support to the BJP.”
“I don’t foresee a situation (where ‘a suicidal merger’ would have to be considered) that’s gripping us in future too,” he said.
Reports of a merger have rankled the rank and file of both parties. JD(S) MLA S R Srinivas said, “Kumaraswamy may have plans, but he must abide by (suggestions of patriarch HD Deve Gowda). We will request Gowda to put an end to this confusion.”
BJP MLC Lahar Singh Siroya said “hobnobbing with JD(S) is not in our interest” and added BJJP can count on JD(S) on certain issues and in larger interest of the state.



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