Bengaluru: After a bitterly fought electoral battle, The Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly, but has fallen short of the halfway mark to form a government.
In in a quick turn of events, the Congress announced it was willing to support the Janata Dal (Secular) in forming a government.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was sent to Karntaka to deal with the situation, reached out to JD(S) chief and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.
Azad has said they will approach the governor later in the evening to form the next government. “We have had a telephonic talk with both Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy. They have accepted that JDS will head the government. Hopefully, by this evening, we will go together to the Governor and give the letter in writing to form the government,” said.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy has written to the Governor of Karnataka seeking an appointment by evening to stake claim to form a government.
In his letter, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he has accepted the Congress’ offer extending support to the government.
According to India Today TV sources, Congress is likely to get 20 cabinet seats while JD(S) wants 14. The Congress will get deputy chief minister’s post. Both the parties have decided to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha election in the state together.
BJP was ahead in 104 seats, Congress in 78 and the JD(S) 37 as of 4pm. Others/independents were ahead in three seats. Results were being declared for 222 of the 224 seats in assembly, with voting in two constituencies countermanded.
Election in the R.R. Nagar constituency in Bengaluru has been postponed following the seizure of over 9,000 voter ID cards. Election in Jayanagar in the city has been countermanded following the demise of BJP candidate and sitting MLA Vijay Kumar.
Today’s results saw the Congress lead in the first hour, but the BJP crawled back and the two parties were neck and neck. However, the BJP, marched forward and crossed the 100-seats mark. The Congress is ahead in over 70 seats. Earlier, it looked like the BJP was well on its way to forming the next government.
Karantaka State BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa in a press conference at party office in Bengaluru condemned “attempts by Congress to subvert popular mandate” and the party’s attempt to “trying to come back to power from back door.”
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met Governor V.R. Vala and tendered his resignation.