Karnataka is witnessing a scramble for power with both BJP as well as the leaders of Congress and JDS meeting the state governor to stake claim to form the government. Karnataka threw up a fractured mandate with BJP emerging as a single largest party but falling short of the majority.
Sensing an opening, Congress offered “unconditional” support to the JDS, even agreeing to back HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister of the coalition. Both the parties are ahead of BJP in numbers and well above the majority mark of 112 in a current assembly of 222-members.
In separate meetings this evening, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa met Governor Vajubhai Vala and staked claim to form the government citing as the single largest party.
“BJP has emerged as the single largest party, we have requested the governor to give us an opportunity to prove our majority on the floor of the assembly,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting Vala along with Union minister Ananth Kumar.
Not willing to comment on JD(S)-Congress alliance, he said “….we have staked claim to form the government. We have said we will prove our majority in the assembly, give us an opportunity.”
Minutes later, Congress and JDS leaders met Karnataka Governor, stake claim to form JDS-led government. Outgoing CM Siddaramaiah, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy called upon the governor claiming numbers on their side.
Earlier in the evening, HD Kumaraswamy wrote to the governor informing him about his decision to accept the Congress’ support extended to his party to form the government.
In a dramatic twist, the Congress offered support to the JDS-led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda to form a government as the assembly polls appeared to throw up a hung verdict.
Earlier, Yeddyurappa accused the Congress of trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door by offering support to JDS to form the government.
(With inputs from PTI)