Even before the final results are out in the Karnataka polls, the political drama had already started in Karnataka. With the BJP falling short of the majority in the Karnataka Assembly election results, the opposition party Congress started making wise moves. It has extended support to the JDS for government formation in the state. The JDS has confirmed Congress support and declared that HD Kumaraswamy will be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Addressing the media, senior Congress leaders, Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, claimed that both HD Kumaraswamy and HD Deve Gowda have agreed to the offer and JDS too confirmed the same.
With trends pouring in from all 222 seats, for which votes were counted in Karnataka Assembly elections, the BJP is currently short of the half-way mark with leads on 106 seats.
The Congress is far behind with only 72 seats. As expected, Janata Dal-Secular, which was expected to emerge as the kingmaker, stands at the third position with leads on 41 seats.
Though the BJP emerged as the single largest party, it can’t celebrate as the Congress had already started a political game by showing a keen interest to form an alliance
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah managed to win from Badami seat but likely to lose in Chamundeshwari as he is trailing behind his nearest rival by over 35,000 votes. BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has won from Shikaripura seat by over 35,000 votes.
Counting of votes for 222 Assembly seats in Karnataka began at 8 am today, with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exhuming confidence of a victory.
Polling for the 222 seats took place on May 12 as the fate of 2,655 candidates was locked in EVMs. Karnataka recorded a record voter turnout of 72.13 percent – the highest since the 1952 Karnataka Assembly elections.
BJP chief ministerial candidate and former CM B S Yeddyurappa, meanwhile, declined to comment on the Congress-JD(S) alliance. “The verdict has not been delivered fully as yet. So far, final figures are not known and only after they are out will we finalize a decision. I will consult our leaders and come back. I do not want to comment about the Congress and JD(S),” he said.
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