BS Yeddyurappa, BJP’s leader and its chief ministerial candidate, accused the Congress of subverting the popular mandate and coming back to power through the back door. His reaction came minutes after the Congress made swift move to prevent BJP from forming the government even after the latter emerged the single largest party.
Speaking to the press, Yeddyurappa said that he will be meeting the state governor Vajubhai R Vala and stake claim to form the next government.
The BJP is emerging as a single largest and is looking well-placed to win 104 seats, though it is still short of the majority mark of 112.
Yeddyurappa said the people of the state had rejected the Siddaramaiah government “lock, stock and barrel” and given a mandate for change. “The people had given a mandate for a Congress-mukt Karnataka,” he said.
Yeddyurappa said there was anti-incumbency against the Siddaramaiah government and the chief minister himself had suffered a “pathetic defeat” in his home constituency of Chamundeshwari.
He said the party “condemns the devious means being adopted by the Congress”.
“…the Congress is trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door. People of Karnataka will never accept this,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)