JDS-Congress delegation meets Karnataka Governor, JDS issues whip to elected members
Bengaluru/Karnataka: A JDS-Congress delegation has met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and claimed to form the next government in the state. Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party has arisen as the single-largest party in the Karnataka State Elections, Congress which got the second place has offered unconditional support to JDS and claimed that the alliance has enough numbers to form the government.
The former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has tendered his resignation by Tuesday evening. Although he has had certain differences with JDS leadership earlier said it is in the best interest of people in the state. He had even accused them of being in partnership with BJP during campaigning. “There is no question of being unhappy,” Siddaramaiah told reporters after meeting with Vajubhai Vala along with senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, accompanied by JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy.
As part of forming the Government Siddaramaiah offered Chief Ministership to HD Kumaraswamy, more than a decade after expulsion. HD Kumaraswamy was expelled out of the JD(S) in 2005 for anti-party activities. Also, the leadership has differences over H D Kumaraswamy’s growth in the party.
Senior Congress leaders were already in Bengaluru to make possible negotiations over post-poll alliances if needed. Azad, Ashok Gehlot and many others were present and the Congress party has offered unconditional support to JDS. This leads the party issue whip to elected party MLAs to gather at an undisclosed location to make future plans or maybe to prevent hijacking by BJP.
Meanwhile, BJP has also staked claim to form the government. According to reliable sources, the Governor is likely to invite BJP to form the government as they are the single-largest party. The oath-taking ceremony may happen on Thursday, May 17. As Governor have the power to make a decision and choose either, all eyes are on Vajubhai Vala.