Bangalore: The JDS Sunday ruled out support to
the BJP government in Karnataka as its numerical strength is
dwindling due to the ongoing tussle between the saffron party
and Reddy brothers over the illegal mining issue.
A meeting of JDS office bearers and front ranking leaders
held here under leadership of former prime minister H D Deve
Gowda and his son, state unit president H D Kumaraswamy,
decided against renewal of ties with the BJP.
JDS had formed a coalition government with BJP in 2006.
"We have categorically decided not to support any party
and not to align with any party to form the government. No
question of supporting BJP government whether Reddy brothers
remained with it or not," Kumaraswamy told reporters.
Kumaraswamy denied that his party was in talks with BJP
to save its government and also statement by state unit BJP
President K S Eswarappa over seeking JDS` support.
"It is a mischievous statement aimed at misleading our
partymen, people of the state and to paint an impression that
JDS is power hungry," he asserted.
The party also decided to launch a padayatra from October
two - Gandhi Jayanthi day - from Basavakalyan in Bidar.
"Our agitation is not confined to illegal mining. We will
highlight the failures of BJP government in Karnataka and that
of the UPA government at the Centre, he said.
The "callous" attitude of the BJP government in providing
relief to flood victims will be other major issue the JDS will
project during its padayatra, he said, adding he and his
partymen will halt at villages during the padayatra.
With this Karnataka will witness the third "padayatra"
besides the ongoing ones by the opposition Congress from
Bangalore to Bellary and that by three Bellary Ministers - B
Sreeramulu and Reddy brothers - Janardhana and Karunakara.
Devegowda said JDS would raise the issue of illegal
mining in Parliament for which it had already given a notice
to the Speaker in Lok Sabha.
He said JDS will also press for a debate on "misuse" of
Central funds by the BJP government in the state.
"People are frustrated by the nasty administration of the
BJP government. It is not MLAs who will throw out this
government, but people of the state," he said.
Decrying the step of banning cow slaughter, he claimed
that even before the legislation passed by the legislature got
the presidential approval, the state was trying to implement
the law by arresting those engaged in the trade in Tumkur and