Kumaraswamy meets Governor, submits list of Cong-JDS MLAs

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru: JD(S) President HD Kumaraswamy at the JD(S) office, Bengaluru. PTI

Bengaluru: JD(S) President HD Kumaraswamy at the JD(S) office, Bengaluru.

The JD(S) and Congress leaders met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala this evening to once again press their claim for government formation. This is their second meeting with the Governor Vala after the results in Karnataka threw a fractured mandate where BJP emerged single largest party but stopped well short of the majority.

The Congress and JD(S) whose combined strength is above the magic mark of 112 have been staking claim since Tuesday.

“We have submitted a list of 117 MLAs to governor and requested him to consider our claim to form govt,” Kumaraswamy told the press pack outside Karnataka Raj Bhavan which has been witnessing hectic rush since yesterday evening.

He also said that both parties had also submitted the resolutions about their alliance passed in both their legislature party meetings to the Governor.

He further said that Governor told the delegation that after consulting legal experts on the Supreme Court judgments, he would “come to a decision and inform us about it.” Next step has to be decided by the Governor, he added.

Leading the Congress contingent, KPCC chief Parameshwara also submitted the copy of the resolution passed at the Congress Legislature Party.

“Governor assured us he would act as per Constitution, Supreme Court judgments and precedents” while also looking at precedents followed earlier in states like Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur, he said.

The list of MLAs included the names of 78 MLAs of Congress, 37 of JD(S), BSP’s single MLA and Independent legislator H Nagesh from Mulbagal. The effective strength may be read by one less as HD Kumaraswamy had contested and won from two seats.

As per reports, the Congress and JDS grouping was contemplating to parade MLAs before the Raj Bhavan in a show of strength but the permission for the same was denied.