The Congress claimed a major victory in Karnataka after it managed to keep the BJP at bay and form the government with the JD(S). This is an alliance that could continue into 2019 when the nation goes to polls.
All eyes are on the elections that would be held at Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The Congress which in an alliance with the JD(S) has hinted that it is likely to fight the two elections alone. Our candidates are in the fray there, Dr. G Parameshwar, the KPCC chief told reporters.
Although there are murmurs that the Congress is pressing for a term sharing arrangement with the JD(S), the party chief, H D Kumaraswamy has termed such reports as bogus.
The BJP in Karnataka would face a crucial floor test tomorrow at 4 pm. The total strength of the House now is 221 and the magic number would be 111 since polls in two assemblies have been deferred and H D Kumaraswamy holds two seats.
The worries for the Congress and JD(S) does not appear to end. After being undecided about whether they should shift to Kerala, the legislators made a late night decision and proceeded to Hyderabad. The MLAs first checked into Grand Hyatt. Now the legislators have moved to Taj Krishna. The reason for the change in place is not clear. For the legislators it was virtually an escape from the Eagleton Resort at Bidadi, which is around 38 kilometres away from Bengaluru.
Two missing MLAs and the undecided independent candidates are giving the Congress and JD(S) the jitters. Congress MLAs, Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil were not on the bus that ferried the legislators to a resort.
The decision of the Governor to appoint a nominated MLA to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly has been challenged. The Governor had appointed an Anglo-Indian MLA to the assembly after B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.
In the recently concluded Karnataka assembly elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party and the Congress and JD(S) ended up second and third respectively. The BJP fell short by 8 seats to touch the majority mark in the 222 member House.
A hung house can be a nightmare and more often than not the party which has not got the mandate ends up ruling the state. The scenario in Karnataka is no different and the JD(S) and Congress have come together to stake a claim to form the government despite the BJP being the single largest party.
It was a bitter-sweet victory for the BJP in Karnataka. Although it fell short of the majority mark of 112 in the 224 member House, it managed to emerge as the single largest party in the state at 104. The JD(S)-Congress moved quickly to form the government and currently all are awaiting for a final call to be taken by the Governor, Vajubhai Vala.