The Congress party Tuesday announced it would back the JD(S) to form an alliance in its bid to form a government in Karnataka despite the BJP emerging as the single largest party.
“Both, Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy have agreed to this arrangement, hopefully we will be together,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad claimed, speaking to the media in Bengaluru. Azad said the party has spoken to the JD(S) leadership while TV channels reported that the call was made by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress, it appears, is conceding the alliance leadership to the JD(S) and could well push for a deputy Dalit chief minister. “We (Congress & JDS) are jointly meeting the Governor in the evening today,” KC Venugopal said.
“We have sat together and decided. We have to bow before the verdict of the people. We will support the JDS to form a government,” Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is set to resign this evening, said.
While the final results are yet to declared, the BJP is currently short of a handful of seats from a complete majority.
Azad and another senior leader Ashok Gehlot flew into Karnataka on Tuesday night anticipating the eventuality of a hung assembly.
“We bow before the verdict of the people. The verdict so far shows that no party has come to clear verdict. Congress has come to a decision that it will support JDS in the interest of secularism,” state Congress president G Parameshwara said.