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Siddaramaiah confident that Cong-JD(S) to form govt in Karnataka

Siddaramaiah confident that Cong-JD(S) to form govt in Karnataka

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 May 2018, 12:31 am

Bangalore, May 16 (IBNS): Ex-Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has said he is confident that his Congress and JD(S) will form a government in the state.

Karnataka has been seeing a political crisis with both the Congress and JD(s) attempting to form the government after the BJP failed to reach the majority mark.

The BJP has got 104 seats.

"Dear Brothers & Sisters of Karnataka, I thank you for your verdict. It has been an honour to serve you as Chief Minister for the past 5 years. I am confident the Congress Party & the new Government we form, will continue to work for the best interests of our state & our people," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Leaders from the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), on Wednesday, met  Governor Vajubhai Vala of Karnataka to stake claim to form the government in the state.

The Congress has planned to go to the Supreme Court if the Governor's decision is in favour of the BJP, sources in the party told NDTV.

The high decibel political drama over formation of government in Karnataka appeared quirky as Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy  accused the BJP of attempting horse-trading, while a number of Congress and JD(S) MLAs reportedly went missing on Wednesday, the day BJP's BS Yedyurappa staked his claim to the Governor.

The BJP staked its claim despite falling short of an aboslute majority even as the two rival parties kept pushing for a game changer with a combined strength that well surpasses the magic figure.

In a new twist to the political slugfest for claim over the power corridor,  Janata Dal (S) leader  HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of going for horse-trading by, making an offer of  Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some of his party MLAs.

Addressing a press conference, Kumaraswamy said: "JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?”

His allegation came shortly after  Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and staked his claim to form a government, despite his party that emerged as the single largest one, falling short of a majority.

He urged the Governor not to take any decision which encourages horse-trading.

Asserting that his party will be with the Congress, Kumaraswamy, the son of JD(S) chief and former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, said the verdict in Karnataka is to stop BJP's 'Ashwamedha Yatra."

Out of the total 223 Assembly seats, the BJP has won 104, nine short of a majority, while the Congress has bagged 78 and JD(S) 38. To keep the BJP out of power, the  Congress came to an eleventh-hour post-poll alliance with the  JD(S) to muster a combined strength of 116.

The Congress has also left the Chief Minister's post to JD(S), which has elected Kumaraswamy as the Legislative Party leader.

While the state's political fate hangs in balance subject to a decision of the Governor, who has initially refused to entertain the claim for a combined majority strength of the Congress and JD(S) and is more likely to  accede to Yedyurappa's demand, five lawmakers of the non-BJP camp went "incommunicado" on Wednesday, indicating more twists in the tale.

According to reports, three Congress and two JDS lawmakers went "incommunicado" on Wednesday morning, sending an alert ringing across the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) combine.

A meeting of newly-elected Congress legislators was delayed in the morning as the party couldn't communicate with three of its lawmakers, Rajshekhar Patil, Nagendra and Anand Singh. Anand Singh and Nagendra are believed to be close to the Reddy brothers linked to the BJP.

Two JDS members, Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda, were also missing from their party's meeting at a five-star hotel in Bengaluru.

Outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress, however, denied the "missing" reports. "All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government," NDTV quoted him as saying.

According to political analysts, BJP could be exploring to bridge the gap between its strength and power. With its present strength, the party can get the majority mark reduced if the effective strength of the House comes down to 207.

In 2008, the BJP was just three short of the half-way mark in the state Assembly. The party got four JD(S) and three Congress MLAs to resign from the Assembly, thereby bringing down the threshold for proving majority in the House.

 

Siddaramaiah confident that Cong-JD(S) to form govt in Karnataka

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