Horse trading is a familiar activity whenever an election delivers a hung Assembly, and even though the amount might never be known, the offers being made by either camp must be very lucrative, as the stakes are quite high. After considering all options and counter claims Governor Vasubhai Vala has invited the BS Yeddyurappa to take oath of the Chief Minister's post on Thursday.
"Congress should take the leadership to unite all the democratic, secular and anti-BJP parties, and it should be well-planned". But it still falls short of the magical number of 113 that was needed to secure a majority in the 224-member state assembly.
"We had to be ready for any eventuality".
There was mudslinging among different seers of the Lingayat-Veerashaiva community and the leaders within the Congress. Insiders indicated that the Congress was hoping for a 5% swing in the vote share. "I invite you (Yeddyurappa) to form the government and be sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka", a Raj Bhavan communique said. Meanwhile, we fared well. "And later, when the JD (S) and the Congress numbers swelled up, that was the time we felt we can make it", he said.
The polls are seen as a bellwether of 2019 general elections.
"BJP (leaders) are expert kidnappers".
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Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the party has sought a hearing on its petition challenging the governor's decision. "We will go to the court of the people", Surjewala said, addressing the press in Delhi.
And that is exactly what is set to happen, although his party has failed to win a majority and Congress has won more. The JD (S) has accepted the support. "It is our unanimous decision". Siddaramaiah had also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading. It refused to stay BSY's oath-taking and directed him to produce the letter written to the Governor on May 15 where he staked his claim to form government. Gowda's son HD Kumaraswamy is its chief ministerial candidate. He said the Congress had extended unconditional support to the JD-S for forming the government and "we will provide a stable rule for full five years". "I got a call from the BJP leaders".
Bitter rivals in Bengal, the Left leaders and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, both backed the Congress-JD (S) alliance against the BJP. The Congress managed to get 78 seats only, which is 44 seats lesser than the last time Karnataka went to polls in 2013. The JD (S) won 37 seats and its all, the BSP 1.
Since yesterday, all three parties have been approaching the Governor with their claims of majority. ECI took this decision after more than 9,700 voter id cards were seized from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar area just two days prior to the election.
Asserting that the party would not allow the BJP to form a government in the state at any cost, Siddaramaiah said none of the Congress legislators were missing or likely to defect to the BJP.
Mayawati had earlier bailed out Congress government in Uttarakhand in 2016 and its two MLAs voted for it in the floor test following disqualification of its nine MLAs who defected to BJP camp.
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