Karnataka Election Results: Congress and BJP stake claim, all eyes on governor

Siddaramaiah Prakash Javadekar

Though the election to Karnataka Assembly was held in one phase, the campaign witnessed several phases. "The JD-S-Congress combine has 116 MLAs (including JD-S pre-poll ally the BSP). the BJP is trying to misuse its power being at the Centre and form its government through horsetrading", he said. I heard he asked for seven days, but the Governor gave 15 days. He told me that he will take an appropriate decision. "We will let you know about the plan in time", Shivakumar informed the media today.

As Karnataka's political scenario gets intensive, the state's Congress Party leaders have alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to "poach" their MLAs in an attempt to establish majority to form the government in Karnataka.

"HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Eagleton Resort in #Bengaluru where Congress and JD (S) MLAs are staying", news agency ANI reported. "I have accepted the support extended by the Congress to form the Government", Kumaraswamy said.

"Many JD (S) and Congress MLAs are angry with Congress and JD (S) going together to form government, they will come with BJP".

NDA leaders in Patna celebrated BJP's victory in Karnataka by using firecrackers and sharing candies in spite of the fact that the BJP may not, after all, asked to form the new government. Hence, it has become crucial how BJP will get these numbers.

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Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "The single largest party doesn't have the numbers".

Training his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for letting his party indulge in such horse trading and on the other hand making promises of eradicating corruption and black money, Kumaraswamy said, "Our MLAs have been offered Rs 100 crore to join the BJP". The Congress party, sources said, has taken a decision to play second fiddle to the smaller party, and work instead for the general elections. Both the groups have now approached Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to form the government, but the governor has not given green signal to either of the parties so far. As per the tweet, Vajubhai has invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the next government and Yeddyurappa would sworn in as the CM tomorrow (May 17, 2018), Thursday. This is the kind of politics JD-S and Congress do. "Karnataka government wants to gain an edge by listening to what we are discussing with our leaders", she said.

The Governor said he would act in accordance with the law, based on apex court judgments and according to the constitution while also looking at precedents followed earlier in states like Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur, he said. But the party high command is said to have applied brakes on the move and asked state leaders to wait till a clear message from them.

Both the BJP and the Congress have a bitter experience with both the senior and junior Gowdas. MLA R Shankar who had contested as an Independent candidate has officialy given his support to BJP, thus increasing BJP's tally to 105.

"The BJP has tried to contact all our legislators", said Karnataka JD (S) chief H.D.Kumaraswamy, adding that if the BJP started "horse-trading", then the JD (S) would stoop to their level and pocket twice the number from the opponent's camp.

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