Twist of events: Cong, JDS alliance to stake claim in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly, but has fallen short of the halfway mark to form a government.

But in a quick turn of events, Congress offered it’s to support the Janata Dal (Secular) and they have accepted the offer. This was announced by party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Siddaramaiah, the outgoing Chief Minister of Karnataka where elections held on Saturday threw up a hung Assembly.

Congress senior Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah confirms that the party had a telephonic conversation with JDS chief Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy offering unconditional support.

“They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together,” Azad said.

Siddaramaih said he accepts the mandate of the people. “We bow our heads to the verdict. We don’t have numbers to form govt.” he said.

The Congress said the party would meet the governor this evening.

With the BJP leading in 107 seats, it falls clear short of a majority. The Congress is at 74, the JDS at 39, which together make 113, just past the magic figure of 112.