Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy speak to media after emerging out of Raj Bhavan. "We have given unconditional support to JD (S)", Mr. Siddaramaiah said.
"Congress has extended support to JD (S) to form the government with both parties put together have MLAs more than the magic number of 111. Democracy is run on numbers; numbers are in our favour. The Governor after obtaining the list of elected MLAs from the Election Commission would take a call", Mr. Siddaramaiah said.
"The BJP is known for horse trading and they may try", Mr. Siddaramaiah alleged. "They'll not succeed. We have 116 MLAs together and have the support of two independent MLAs. Legally, we are entitled to form the government, the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Kumaraswamy said he has submitted a letter staking claim to form the government with the support of Congress. The Governor after receiving the letter told him he would examine the issue after consulting experts, he said.