Bengaluru: Political activities are heating up in Karnataka after the state threw a fractured mandate in the Assembly elections yesterday.
– JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of being in a “hurry” to form the government in Karnataka despite falling short of numbers, and resorting to “horsetrading” by trying to lure his party MLAs with money. “JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?” asked Kumaraswamy.
Speaking to reporters here after his election as leader of the JD(S) Legislature Party, he alleged that BJP was making attempts to lure his party MLAs with monetary offers.
– One of the two independent MLAs in Karnataka has given his written support to Yeddyurappa.
– BJP state President B S Yeddyurappa was elected as the legislative party leader this morning. Later, he met the Governor and made a submission that he has the requisite majority to form Government.
– Earlier, addressing media persons, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar accused the Congress of taking a backdoor entry to form Government with JD(S). He said people of Karnataka have rejected the Congress in the state. He said BJP has emerged as the single largest party and it is for the Governor to decide which party should be given a chance to prove majority. He called JD(S)-Congress alliance as unethical and said it is a marriage of convenience between them. He also noted that both the parties indulged in a bitter campaign against each other before the polls. He said people of the state are with the BJP and they are sure of forming next Government.
– JD(S)’ MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda are missing from the JD(S) legislative party meeting which is going on in a hotel in Bengaluru.
– BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 of the 222 seats, for which elections were held on Saturday, but fell short of the magic number of 113 to form the government. Congress, on the other hand, bagged 78 seats and made a post-poll alliance with JD(S) plus which won 38 seats.
– Both BJP and Congress-JD(S) alliance staked claim to form the government after their leaders met Governor Vajubhai Vala last evening. BJP, led by BS Yeddyurappa and senior party leader Ananth Kumar, sought to prove majority on the floor of the House. Yeddyurappa told reporters that the BJP, being the largest party, should be given the opportunity to prove its numbers.
– Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and JD(S)’ HD Kumaraswamy also met the Governor. Siddaramaiah said, they have the required numbers to form the Government.
– The Governor asked both the camps to wait till the Election Commission formally declares all the results.
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the victory in Karnataka as extraordinary. Addressing party workers in New Delhi last evening, Mr Modi said, Opposition tried to deceive people with lies during the polls but people have given them a befitting reply. He said, BJP represents India and its proud diversity.
– Congress President Rahul Gandhi also thanked those who voted for his party in the elections. In a tweet, Gandhi said, the party appreciates the support and will fight for them.