Bengaluru: Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda on Sunday took strong exception to certain media reports that Congress and JD(S) MLA may jump ship and join the Bharatiya Janata Party after the December 5 bypolls remarking, “why will it (government) collapse.... Yediyurappa has 105 MLAs....”
“We (Congress-Janata Dal-Secular) will have to come together (for the government to go)? but we joining together was projected as wrong in TV channels in the past. we have got enlightenment from it, so we won't do it again,” he said.
While on the other hand, reiterating his claim that there would be “political changes” in the state after the December 5 bypolls, former chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Kumaraswamy on Sunday said, it was not an exaggerated statement and there should be no doubt about it.
Responding to a question whether he will be a “King maker” after the bypolls, he said, “it is people, the voters of these 15 constituencies who are kingmakers, not me.”
Among 15 constituencies going to the bypolls, 12 were held by Congress and three by JD(S), whose coalition government collapsed due to rebellion by the disqualified MLAs.
With winning a majority of the seats crucial for the government’s survival, the Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators who joined the party, as its candidates from their respective constituencies....