New Delhi, May 15: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Karnataka chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday met Governor Vajubhai Vala and asked him to allow BJP to prove majority in the Assembly Elections 2018. “Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting Vajubhai Vala.
Earlier in the day the BJP leader hit out at Congress party saying they are trying backdoor arrangements despite people rejecting them. Yeddyurappa was notably referring to Congress’ formal support to HD Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal Secular to form coalition government in the state.
Claiming that people of Karnataka have supported BJP, Yeddyurappa said,”JD(S) has been brought to this position with support of the Congress but the people of Karnataka have clearly supported the BJP. Thank you voters for rejecting the Siddaramaiah government. Siddaramaiah lost in his own constituency. Under Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s leadership, we have made a Congress-mukt Karnataka.”
Speaking on Congress giving support to Janata Dal Secular, Yeddyurappa,who won from Shikaripura seat by 35,397 votes asserted,”We condemn the sort of politicking that the Congress is indulging and we will determine our next course of action after discussing matters with the party leadership.”
Yeddyurappa’s statement came hours after Congress announced its formal support to Janata Dal Secular (JDS). 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.”
Notably, this new political development has emerged after the numbers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started to drop from majority mark.
Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah has submitted his resignation as the Chief Minister of Karnataka to the Governor.
Official Election Commission trend is currently showing BJP leading on 105 seats, Congress 77, JD(S)+ 38, Others 02.Counting of votes began at AM for 222 out of 224 assembly constituencies in 58,546 polling stations in the state. The elections in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru were postponed earlier.