The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which emerged as the single largest party in the crucial Karnataka assembly elections, seems it’s going to lose a battle it won in the first place.
As Karnataka appeared headed for a hung assembly with the BJP emerging as the single largest party but falling short of a majority, the Congress made a wise move to deny the BJP from forming the government by announcing that it will back the JD(S).
As the drama continues to unfold in Karnataka a day after the poll verdict is out, reports of MLAs Rajsekhar Patil and Nagendra Anand Singh missing from the Congress camp had surfaced.
However, former Congress minister M B Patil quashed them as baseless rumors and clarified that they are united and Kumaraswamy would take the oath as the new chief minister of Karnataka.
I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us & we'll give a ministry to you. We'll make you a minister. But, I'm going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our Chief Minister: Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur, Congress. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/BIJYZHV7P7
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
The fear of “MLA shopping” was raised yesterday by JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy, who is all set to become the next CM of the state with the support of the Congress despite his party finishing third.
Meanwhile, a Congress lawmaker claimed he had been approached by the BJP, which asked Governor Vajubhai Vala for a chance to prove its majority.
There is no doubt we will form govt, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day: KS Eshwarappa , BJP #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/X5IDtvkat5
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
“I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us and said we’ll give a ministry to you. We’ll make you a minister. But, I’m going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our chief minister,” said Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur.
Outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah, however, denied the missing reports. “All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government,” he said.
Congress leaders say there are plans to sequester their legislators. “They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, and we know that. Every day, there is a lot of pressure. But it is not so easy as two parties have the necessary numbers. However, we are taking all necessary steps,” said Congress leader DK Shivakumar.
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