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BJP leaders take stock of developments

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Bangalore: Top leaders of the State unit of the BJP, unhappy with what has been termed the unilateral decisions being taken by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, on Thursday took stock of the developments at the RSS headquarters and thereafter followed it up with another dinner meeting at the official residence of Deputy Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa.

Sources in the BJP told The Hindu that the meeting largely pertained to the non-implementation of several decisions taken at the coordination committee meetings of the two coalition partners held in the past.

"It is quite obvious that the Janata Dal (S) is taking the BJP for a ride. We want to put an end to this.

The JD (S) should understand that this is a two-party Government and that the BJP cannot be subservient to the JD (S)," a top BJP leader said.

A coordination committee meeting, as assured by the Chief Minister, is scheduled to be held between leaders of the BJP and JD (S) here on Friday to sort out certain important issues including the expansion of the Cabinet and the appointment of chairpersons to boards and corporations.

Vacancies in Cabinet

There are four vacancies in the Cabinet and the two coalition partners have agreed to share two each.

President of the State BJP D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that the party had made it clear to the Chief Minister that it was not in a mood to wait any longer for either the Cabinet expansion or the appointment of chairpersons to the boards.

This exercise should be completed at the earliest, he pointed out and said, "we are ready even if the JD (S) is not. We are answerable to the party functionaries and our party activists are anxiously waiting for the appointments to be completed. The BJP has sought the posts in the ratio of 60:40 going by its numerical strength in the Legislative Assembly."

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