Karnataka Election Results 2018: After the fractured mandate in Karnataka in the assembly elections 2018, all eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will be taking a final call on the formation of the government in the state. Governor Vajubhai Vala — the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Gujarat who had once stepped aside from Rajkot-II seat to give way to Narendra Modi. Also Read - Karnataka Bandh: Police Detain Congress, JD(S) Workers Protesting Against Farm Laws; CM Yediyurappa Says Doors of APMC Still Open
In the year 1985, Vala was fielded for the first time in the Rajkot-II, the seat which had a Congress stronghold. Vala then went on to win the seat for seven times. In 2002, Vala finally vacated the seat for CM-designate Narendra Modi. In 2002, Modi contested from the Maninagar seat and Vala moved back to the Rajkot seat. He went on to win that seat three more times before taking over the seat of Governor of Karnataka in 2014. Also Read - Karnataka Crisis Deepens as JDS-Cong Numbers Drop, BJP Chooses to Wait And Watch
Earlier, JD-S spokesperson Danish Ali told a news channel, “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.” When asked if the Governor invites the single largest party to form the government, Ali said, “How can (Governor call the BJP) when majority is there with the two parties?” He added that in Meghalaya, the single largest party wasn’t invited. Also Read - 'Nobody Will Resign,' Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar Tears Resignation Letters of Rebel MLAs
Now, all eyes are set on the Governor who will now take the final decision as to who will he invite to form the government in the state. Even though Vala is expected to invite the single largest party, the same tradition wasn’t followed in Goa and Manipur, where the Congress party had turned out to be the single largest party. However, he can also invite two parties who have joined hands to form the government.
Earlier, Congress announced its formal support to Janata Dal Secular (JDS) and said that together, they will form the government if the JD(S) accepts their support. Addressing media, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji & Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together.” Yeddyurappa has also met the Governor and claimed that they will form the government.