Hung assembly: Kumaraswamy accepts Cong support, BJP, JD(S) rush to governor

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, May 15: H D Kumaraswamy, president of JD(S) has accepted the Congress support to form the government and has sought an appointment from the governor of Karnataka for this evening. In a letter, Kumaraswamy wrote that JD(S) has accepted Congress' support to form government in Karnataka.

B S Yeddyurappa, the chief ministerial candidate who was hopeful of forming the government with clear majority met the governor and said that he asked him the opportunity to prove majority in the assembly.

"We met the governor because we are thee single largest party, and requested him that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly," he told reporters.

Kumaraswamy too met the governor at the Raj Bhavan at 5.30 pm.

The move comes after the BJP has managed only 104 seats till early evening.

Meanwhile the Congress has said that it is ready to make JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda's son HD Kumarawamy the chief minister and keep the BJP out of power. "I am here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA Nagesh and others MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a seculargovt in Karnataka," said Congress leader DK Shivakumar.

Vote count on Tuesday showed the BJP ahead of the ruling Congress. As of now, the BJP is ahead in 104 seats, followed by Congress in 77 and JD(S) in 39 constituencies.

 

Earlier Report

Karnataka results: As trends show BJP in lead, Congress open to alliance with JD(S)

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, May 15: With the trends in Karnataka indicating a hung assembly with BJP in the lead, the Congress has said that it is open to an alliance with Deve Gowda's party Janata Dal(S).

Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge on Tuesday said that an alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular was possible.

He added that he will discuss the possibility of an allaince with Deve Gowda's party with the high command. "Correct position will be known at 11-11.30 am. I am going to meet Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot and we will discuss," Kharge said. Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot too said that the party is open to an alliance with JD(S) but is at the same time confident of winning the Karnataka assembly election.

Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media in the company of outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the JD-S had accepted the Congress offer of support.

"We will meet the Governor and stake claim (to form a government)," he said. "Our numbers put together will be more than the BJP's."

Reports say that Siddaramaiah's removal from chief ministership could be a rider for Deve Gowda to extend his support to the Congress. The JDS has said it is the Congress's "responsibility" to reach out if it did not get majority.

Vote count on Tuesday showed the BJP ahead of the ruling Congress. As of now, the BJP is ahead in 104 seats, followed by Congress in 77 and JD(S) in 39 constituencies.

According to sources, the delegation led by Congress is likely to meet Deve Gowda. If the JD(S) gives green signal of alliance with the Congress, H D Kumaraswamy could me made the chief minister.