Congress party announced that it will extend support to the JD(S) in forming the next government in Karnataka where the election is likely to throw up a hung Assembly. As per the latest tally, BJP has emerged a single largest party leading on 104 seats, followed by Congress on 77 seats and JD(S) on 38.
HD Kumaraswamy, former Chief Minister and son of JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda, who has been proposed to be the Chief Minister by Congress in its “unconditional offer”, met with the Karnataka Governor this evening staking claim.
JDS has agreed to the Congress offer and its leader HD Kumaraswamy has sought governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala’s appointnment this evenin. BSP, which is the pre-poll ally of JD(S) is ahead on one seat.
It is a surprise turn of events, given BJP’s comfortable lead even getting well past a majority mark this afternoon. However, in the last hour, BJP’s lead tally has fallen by nearly dozen seats.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters after a meeting with central Congress leaders, including Gulam Nabi Azad, that the party will back the JD(S) in forming the government. It was not yet clear if the Congress would extend support from outside or be part of the new government.
“We have decided that the Congress will extend support to the JD(S) to form the government. That’s the best way to keep the BJP out (of power),” Siddaramaiah said.