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Kumaraswamy defends tie-up

Press Trust Of India  |  Bangalore 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today defended the JD(S)-BJP alliance in the Assembly while replying to the Congress allegations during a debate on the trust motion.
Kumaraswamy said legislators of his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had taken "certain decisions" leading to the formation of the new coalition government after "swift and rapid political developments" in the state.
"The governor has asked me to prove my majority," said Kumaraswamy, who staged a political coup that brought down the JD(S)-Congress government led by Dharam Singh.
"HD Deve Gowda is shocked and suffering," former chief minister said, taunting Kumaraswamy, whom he accused of making "adventurous moves" by teaming up with "communal forces".
The alliance was neither based on ideology nor any principle, he said, reminding the chief minister that, as prime minister, his father had refused to accept support from the BJP when the United Front government was on the verge of collapsing.
Singh said Gowda also wrote to Governor T N Chaturvedi, asking him not to lend credence to the letter by JD(S) rebels withdrawing support to the JD(S)-Congress government, though "it's a different matter that he (Gowda) did not write anything to the Speaker."
Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa of the BJP harped on "Hindutva" even after assuming office, Singh said. "There was no question of clinging to power," he said, referring to his decision to resign. He was eager to move the motion of confidence on January 27, noting that the Supreme Court had clearly held that the majority of a government should be tested on the floor of the House and "not in Raj Bhavan or in a resort".
In the 224-member House, the JD(S)-BJP combine, with the support of JD(U) and independents, is expected to win the confidence vote. BJP has 79 members, the Kumaraswamy-led JD(S) 37 and JD(U) five. With the support of independents, the coalition is placed well above the required figure of 113.

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First Published: Thu, February 09 2006. 00:00 IST
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