The Bharatiya Janata Party was ready to form the government in Karnataka but now Congress gets the whole support of JDS and This twist in the tale has spoilt the celebrations of BJP.
H D Kumaraswamy, has accepted the Congress party’s offer to become the Chief Minister with Congress’ support. However, BJP is leaving no stone unturned to stake the claim to form the next government. ollowing his meeting with the Governor, the BJP CM candidate Yeddyurappa said they will prove the majority on the floor of the house.
Earlier, Sonia Gandhi has offered a deal to the JD(S) of creating an alliance with BS Yeddyurappa as the state chief minister.
JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy has written to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala seeking an appointment with him after the party accepted the Congress’ support to form the government.
“According to the norms stated by the EC, a 111 seats are required and our combined numbers meet these requirements so we have a legitimate claim to form the government,” Siddaramaiah said.
Speaking to the reporters outsude Raj Bhawan, Siddaramaiah said, “We have also communicated our support to JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda and we will start the process to form a government as soon as the governor makes his decision known,”
“A similar claim has been made to the governor by the JD(S),” he added.
“Leaders of both parties have met the Governor. We have submitted our claim to the governor. The process will take over as soon as the governor makes known his decision. The modalities will be decided later,” Parameswara said.
According to sources, Yeddyurappa has reportedly sought seven days time from the governor to prove majority in the House. The BJP, in the final tally, has won 104 seats, followed by the Congress at 78 while the JD(S) bagged 38 seats. The JD(S) and Congress combine come up to 116 well above the half-way mark of 112.
A party must have 113 seats to form a government and the BJP will probably have to seek the backing of smaller parties.
But Modi’s victory in Karnataka, where he led the party campaign, showed he remains the top vote-getter in Indian politics, leaving Rahul Gandhi, the young leader of the main opposition Congress party, struggling.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah tweeted saying, “Et tu Karnataka,”. “Please save this tweet for future reference. If I win it was all my charm & hard work. If I lose it’s all down to those blasted EVMs,” he added.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: “Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different.”
Union Minister Smriti Irani attributed the success to “Amit Shah magic”. “The Amit Shah magic works again. Toiling day and night, from district to district, booth to booth; Hats off to him! Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi ji, our Party President Amit Shah ji creates history yet again in Karnataka,” she tweeted.