Karnataka govt formation

Cong-JD (S) delegation meets Guv, submits list of 117 MLAs


Bengaluru, May 16: Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and the Congress piled their lawmakers into waiting buses on Wednesday to meet Karnataka's Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan, as the race to form state government hots up.
Congress and the JD (S) submited their letter endorsing a Congress-JD (S) government with former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy at the helm.
"We have the numbers," JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy said to the press after meeting the Governor. "We have submitted a list of 117 MLAs to governor and requested him to consider our claim. He promised to go by the Constitution."
Earlier in the day, JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crore each and cabinet posts to its newly elected legislators in a “desperate” attempt to form a government in Karnataka.
Karnataka's outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading to lure Congress and JD-S legislators to their party for forming the government after the May 12 assembly election gave a fractured mandate.
"Modi and Shah are supporting BJP leaders in horse-trading to poach legislators of our party and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) to prevent us from forming the next government in the state," Siddaramaiah told the media here.
Asserting that the party would not allow the BJP to form a government in the state at any cost, Siddaramaiah said none of the Congress legislators were missing or likely to defect to the BJP.
"We have a plan to safeguard our MLAs, who are together and will not join the BJP, which has 8 less seats for the 112-halfway mark and prove majority," Siddaramaiah said.
Of the 222 assembly segments in the state, the BJP has won 104, Congress 78 and JD-S 38, including one by its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
"We have extended our support to the JD-S to form the new government, with its state leader H.D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister. As we have the numbers (118), Governor Vajubhai R. Vala should call our alliance first than the BJP, which does not have the required numbers," pointed out Siddaramaiah.
Both the post-poll alliance partners met Vala on Tuesday evening and staked claim to form the new government in the southern state.
Outgoing power minister and Congress winner DK Shivakumar said the party's legislators were intact and none were ready to switch over to the BJP.
Karnataka threw up a hung house in assembly elections held on Saturday. Although BJP emerged the single largest party with 104 seats, Congress with 75 seats quickly reached out to JD (S) with 38 and staked claim to form government with Kumaraswamy at the helm.