The Congress is reportedly reaching out to the JD(S) in a bid to form the government in Karnataka. The Congress it is said is ready to offer the post of Chief Minister to the JD(S) in a bid to keep the BJP which is the single largest party out of power.
Most exit polls have predicted a hung house with the BJP in the lead. If it were to be a hung house, then the Janata Dal(S) would play kingmaker in the state.
There were many firsts in the Karnataka assembly elections that were held on Saturday. The pink booths made its debut in Karnataka with 450 of them being set up across the state. Pink booths were first used in the Goa and Gujarat elections.
The race to the post of the Chief Minister of Karnataka in case the Congress wins the elections would not be easy for Siddaramaiah. Going by reports and the various statements, it appears as though he is not the natural choice for CM although he led the party’s campaign.
It is just a matter of a few hours before the fate of Karnataka is decided. On Tuesday, counting for the all-important Karnataka assembly elections will be held. Will it be the Congress or the BJP or a government with the JD(S)playing kingmaker?
It was a new record in Karnataka. The official figure where the voting percentage for the Karnataka assembly elections which was held on May 12 stood at 72.36. There were 5.06 crore people who exercised their franchise.
A day after the Karnataka Assembly polls, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his last election.”
A hung house is what most exit polls have predicted for Karnataka. This would mean that Karnataka is staring at a coalition government and in all probability the JD(S) will play kingmaker.
The Karnataka election has been a hard fought and also a dirty one. While personal attacks were carried out unabated, the election also saw a huge amount of cash flow. In the past two months, huge amounts of cash was withdrawn from ATMs not just in Karnataka, but also in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This could have led to the temporary cash crunch, officials say.
The BJP would be hoping for a repeat of 2008 when it won the Karnataka assembly election and went on to form the government. The backbone of the BJP, the Lingayats backed the party in 2008 and helped it form the government.