New Delhi, May 16: After a dramatic, though expected, outcome of the Karnataka Assembly elections on Tuesday, the ball is now in the state Governor Vajubhai Vala’s court. The Congress, realising it won’t make the cut, got together with the JD(S) and met the Governor, staking claim to form the new government. The BJP’s dream run of achieving a simple majority was cut short with the party ending up eight short at 104 seats. A defiant BS Yeddyurappa met the Governor too, staking a claim as the single largest party. He has reportedly asked for a week’s time to prove his majority on the floor of the House.Also Read - Karnataka: Was Offered Money to Join BJP in 2019, Claims Former Minister Shrimant Patil
The Congress, desperate to keep a foot in the door in one of the few states in its kitty, quickly offered support to the JD(S) which had, all this while, been called the kingmaker, at best. The JD(S) has won 37 seats against the Congress’s 78 and gets to command its own terms. Led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, the JD(S) accepted the offer and wrote to the Governor staking claim to power. Both JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and the outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah have met the Governor since. (Opinion: Are The People of Karnataka Getting The Government They Voted For?) Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention
It is now up to the Governor as to who gets to form the government. According to practice, the Governor calls the leader of the single largest party or a pre-poll alliance to form the government. In the case of a hung Assembly, the leader is asked to prove the majority on the floor of the House within a stipulated time. In Karnataka, the Congress and JD-S did not have a pre-poll alliance. Also Read - Karnataka Bypolls 2020: BJP's Munirathna Wins Rajarajeshwari Nagar Seat by Over 57,000 Votes
Mocking the “desperation of a defeated Congress” to support the JD(S) to form a coalition government to keep the BJP out of power, BJP spokesman Shantaram said his party was open to an alliance with the JD(S) or seek its support to form the new government. “We are open to JD(S) support, if need be, after all the results are declared. Our approach to JD(S) will depend on the number of legislators we need to prove majority in the house or win the confidence motion,” he said.