Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has ruled out any kind of merger with the Bharatiya Janata Party, but expressed his willingness to extend issue-based support to the saffron party in the coming days in public interest.

Calling the Janata Dal-Secular as a party of Kannadigas with self-esteem , Kumaraswamy in a series of posts on micro-blogging site Twitter clarified that the party "will never think of political merger".

He said, "The Janata Dal (S), which is a party of Kannadigas with self esteem, will never think of political merger. The party, which is a strong voice of the people, will never display such stupidity. At the most we may extend an issue-based support to the BJP if need be."

"People trust the JD (S) which took up welfare measures like waiver of farm loans and 'Badavara Bandhu' scheme besides conducting itself as per the aspirations of former prime minister H D Devegowda known for disciplined administration."

"I want to clarify that for Janata Dal-Secular, the situation of committing suicide by merging itself with another party has not come. I don’t foresee such a situation gripping us in the future too."

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa too has rejected reports of any possibility of a merger of the parties.

Days after BJP and JD(S) came together with the common objective of ousting Prathap Chandra Shetty as chairman of the legislative council, specualtion was rife that the JD-S may merge with the BJP.