BENGALURU: Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy will be the party’s candidate for the
Karnataka Chief Minister’s post, it announced on Tuesday after finishing third in the Assembly and
getting the backing of the Congress.
“It is crystal clear that it will be Kumaraswamy for the Chief Minister’s post. With the blessings of
the people of Karnataka, he will be the Chief Minister,” JD-S spokesperson Danish Ali told a news
Asked if Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Valal can invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which emerged
as the single largest party to form the government, he said: “How can (Governor call the BJP) when
majority is there with the two parties?
“In Meghalaya, they didn’t invite the single largest party,” he said.
Asked if the post of Deputy Chief Minister will be offered to the Congress, Ali said the party will ask
the Congress to join the government.
“All those details will be discussed later on. Both the parties have come together and we will provide
a stable government,” he said.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad earlier said it would back the JD-S to form the government following a
Karnataka poll results: Congress offers CM post to Kumaraswamy, JD(S) accepts
Congress decides to back JD(S) in forming govt
In a surprise turn of events, the Congress said today it will extend support to the JD(S) in forming
the next government in Karnataka where the election is likely to throw up a hung Assembly.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters after a meeting with central Congress leaders, including
Gulam Nabi Azad, that the party will back the JD(S) in forming the government. It was not yet clear if the
Congress would extend support from outside or be part of the new government.
“We have decided that the Congress will extend support to the JD(S) to form the government. That’s the
best way to keep the BJP out (of power),” Siddaramaiah said.
Azad said a Congress delegation will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala in the evening.
The Congress has won 28 of the 222 seats polling for which was held, while it is leading in 49 others.
The JD(S) has won seven constituencies and its candidates are ahead of their rivals in 31. If the
number seats the two parties have won and where they are leading is taken into account, they could
together end up with 115 seats, three more than the magic figure of 112.