JDS submit list of 117 MLAs to Governor for govt formation

JDS submit list of 117 MLAs to Governor for govt formation

The Left, among the biggest proponents of opposition unity, welcomed the Congress' decision to support JD (S) and reiterated this was the need of the hour to defeat the BJP.

H.D. Kumaraswamy, a leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) party which came third in the Karnataka state election, said Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had offered $15 million each to as many as 32 lawmakers. In a state that hasn't allowed any incumbent to retain power in the past 33 years, this election was more about who could take Siddaramaiah's place.

However, in October 2007, when the time came to hand over power to BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa as per their pact, he refused to do so and instead resigned, leading to President's rule in the State. However, both sides staked claim to form the government and met Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhawan. For example in Coastal belt BJP got about 52% votes compared to Congress' 40%. Later in the day, Congress leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, party in-charge in the state KC Venugopal along with KPCC president G Parameshwar held a closed-door meeting.

However, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the people of Karnataka have chosen them over the Congress and the JD (S), and accused them of forming an "unethical and unholy alliance".

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, in a tweet, took shot at Rahul Gandhi saying he played the ultimate "Dalit" card to attract voters but even that failed to give Congress a clear majority. Incidentally after the polling Siddaramaiah was the first to hint at the possibility by speaking of a Dalit CM at the time.

"After the election results, no party has got the majority". It was followed by the Janata Dal (United) at 55 seats. According to sources, a handful of JD (S) MLAs are on the verge of shifting their allegiance to the BJP.

The governor reportedly took the decision after consulting with former attorney general Mukul Rohtagi.

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He cited the instances of Goa and Manipur where the Congress had emerged as the single largest party sans majority but post-alliances were invited to form governments.

The BJP emerged as largest party in Karnataka and the BJP leaders celebrated this as victory. What all this means is that despite all the hoopla about winning Karnataka and opening the gates to the South, BJP is still behind the Congress in terms of public support. Remaining one seat went to an Independent candidate contesting from the state.

Banerjee reacted as soon as Karnataka trends pointed at Congress trailing and H D Deve Gowda's JD (S) making gains.

Parameshwara said a copy of the resolution passed at the Congress Legislature Party was submitted to the governor.

Singhvi argued in the full pack court room and talked about occasions when post-poll alliances have been called despite single largest party. "HD Kumaraswamy is our chief minister". The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2004 was a outcome of a post-poll alliance as well.

"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.

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