Karnataka cliffhanger: Cong-JD(S) submit letters of support to governor, refused MLA parade

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, May 16: The Karnataka cliffhanger is getting more interesting by the minute. On Wednesday May 16 evening, a delegation of Congress and JD(S) met the Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala at around 5 pm to push their claim to form the Karnataka government.

KPCC president G Parameshwara, who met the governor along with JD(S) chief H D Kumaraswamy, said letters with signature of 117 MLAs of Congress, JD(S) and an idependent, were submitted to the governor.

Earlier, it was reported that both parties woud parade their MLAs before the governor as a show of strength. However, the governor refused the parade assuring he will go by the Constitution, previous judgements of the Supreme Court and also seek legal advice.

"We have requested the governor to consider our claim to form the next government. The governor assured us that he will abide by the constitution and give his decision. All the necessary documents which show that we have the numbers required to form the government have been submitted. All MLAs are kept safe," Kumaraswamy told media.

"Not a single member has moved out and we will not allow such thing to happen. Governor has assured that he will take action as per the Constitution," said Congress leader D K Shivakumar.

Meanwhile, the BJP is playing a waiting game, with top leaders of the state gathered at B S Yeddyurappa's residence.

The governor is expected to take a call after he receives the gazette notification on the conclusion of poll process. He may receive the notification this evening after which he will invite the party to form government.

While speculations are rife that Congress-JD(S) plans to shift its MLAs to Eagleton resort outside Bengaluru to prevent poaching, BJP states that the Governor should invite them as they are the single largest winning party.

The Congress-JD(S) MLAs are planning to go on dharna outside Raj Bhavan, if not invited by the governor, sources said. The MPs are likely to join them.