If Guv invites BJP, it will invite horse trading

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

On the other end of the line was the Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad.

All eyes would be on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who said he is ready to make way for a Dalit CM in case his party wants, and BS Yeddyurappa who seems confident of sweeping away the Congress, suggesting that an air of incumbency had gripped the state.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today said if the Karnataka governor invited BJP to form the government, it would mean that he was "openly inviting horse-trading, corruption and defection in the parties. At this juncture, we've complete faith in Governor that he'll go by Constitution and not party politics".

"After meeting with Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, Mr Azad said the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) have adequate numbers to form the government and that the coalition would provide a stable government".

The Congress has made a decision to support the JD (S).

It may be noted that a party would be required to win at least 113 seats to emerge as the single largest unit and most of the exit polls - despite giving the BJP the upper hand - have predicted a hung assembly. Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats, in an assertion that Siddaramaiah's recommendation to grant the community religious minority tag may not have benefitted the Congress. The BJP and the JD (S) got 40 seats each, while Yeddyurappa's then Karnataka Jantha Paksha got six seats and B Sriramulu's Badavara Shramikara Raitara Congress Party bagged four. The Congress-JD (S) alliance has also claimed the support of two Independents and the sole MLA of the BSP which was a JD (S) partner in this election.

According to the results declared by the Election Commission, Congress has won 78 seats while JD (S) has won 37, the combine will have 115 seats, enough for a majority. BJP has won a total of 104.

During the NDA government's tenure, governors had sent the invite to the coalition with the majority in Manipur, Meghalaya and Goa where the Congress was the single largest party. MPs may also join them: Sources #Karnataka.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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