▪With the election results throwing a fractured mandate in Karnataka and both the BJP and the JD(S)-Congress combine staking claim, all eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will decide whom to invite to form the next government. The BJP that emerged the single largest party is still eight short of majority but expects to get the first shot at government formation.
▪Deve Gowda's party, the JD(S), finished third but has the " unconditional support " of the Congress, says it should be invited first on the ground that the post-poll combine has 117 seats, which is well above the half majority mark of 112 need to form the government.
▪Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the governor is bound under the Constitution and legal provisions to invite their coalition to form the government in the state. "We expect Karnataka governor to invite JD (S)-Cong coalition which has clear majority to form government in the state. As per constitutional and legal provisions, the governor has no option but to invite the coalition ," he said.
▪Congress MLA DK Shivakumar told reporters on Tuesday that the BJP was trying to poach the party MLAs. " They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs , we know that. Everyday there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this," he said.
▪Congress leader DK Shivakumar confirmed there was a plan to move the MLAs to a resort after the legislative party meeting. "Entire country is looking at this. Yes, there is a plan to shift MLAs to a resort. We have to safeguard our MLAs," he said.
▪As Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reached the KPCC headquarters in Bengaluru, he expressed confidence in all MLAs. "BJP doesn't believe in democracy. JD(S) has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to ," he said.
▪Siddaramaiah said he was confident of forming the government. "All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government," he said after reaching the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office for party legislative meeting on Tuesday.
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