Bengaluru: The collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in Karnataka led to the opposition taking over the role in a couple of days. With Karnataka BJP president BS Yediyurappa sworn in as the chief minister on Friday (July 26), there has been unrest among JD(S) legislators. 

In a meeting held on Friday at the Taj West End Hotel here, the JD(S) legislators seemed split into two factions - one stating that the party needs to support BJP either by aligning with it or by supporting it from the outside and the other stating that they need to remain as the opposition, said party leader GT Devegowda.

Former minister GT Devegowda said, “We all need to be united. We need to discuss what needs to be done next. We need to oppose the government when it takes up anti-people policies.” While speaking about what occurred in the meeting, Gowda said, “A few others told us in the meeting that we need to support the BJP. The right to take a decision in this regard is left to Kumaraswamy.”

The JD(S) and the Congress, its ally in the previous Karnataka coalition government, had blamed the BJP for causing trouble with their parties and poaching their MLAs leading to the collapse of the Kumaraswamy government on Tuesday (July 23).

Having bitter experience in the past, the present chief minister Yediyurappa had reportedly ruled out any chance of joining hands with the JD(S).

The BJP and JD(S) had formed a coalition government in 2006 with Kumaraswamy as chief minister and Yediyurappa as his deputy, under a power-sharing formula of 20 months each.

That government had collapsed as the JD(S) did not transfer power to BJP, paving the way for the saffron party to win elections in 2008.

Despite all this, JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda took to Twitter to congratulate Yediyurappa when he took oath as the chief minister yesterday.