Bangalore/New Delhi, Nov. 19: The BJPís first government in the south collapsed within a week of its birth after now-on, now-off ally Janata Dal (Secular) ditched it just before a trust vote today.
Chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa walked out of the Karnataka Assembly minutes before voting was to begin and put in his papers.
Dal (S) national president H.D. Deve Gowda later headed for Delhi but the Congress dismissed talks of an alliance with his party. The Speaker has adjourned the House sine die and central government sources said the state would be placed under Presidentís rule.