Amid Karnataka Deadlock, Ghulam Nabi Azad Raises Horse-Trading Concerns

  • Amid Karnataka Deadlock, Ghulam Nabi Azad Raises Horse-Trading Concerns

Amid Karnataka Deadlock, Ghulam Nabi Azad Raises Horse-Trading Concerns

Ghulam Nabi Azad on whether Congress will go for a legal option said that Stealing of MLAs shouldn't be allowed adding "No governor can go against Constitution". We do not have the numbers and hence we have chose to support the JD (S), he also said.

Senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they had a telephonic conversation with the Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy and they had accepted the offer. At this juncture we've complete faith in the governor that he'll go by Constitution and not party politics.

Informed sources said the JD-S could get the Chief Minister's post in the event of a tie-up with the Congress and in the bargain, the Congress eyes for two posts of deputy chief minister.

He further said that they are seeking an appointment with Governor so that they can handover two letters, 1 of legislator party of Congress another of legislator party of JD (S).

The BJP has won 104 seats, eight short of a clear majority of the 222 seats on which the election was held.

Mr Azad said the BJP laying claim to form the government for being the single largest party holds no good. Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats, in an assertion that Siddaramaiah's recommendation to grant the community religious minority tag may not have benefitted the Congress. The Congress-JD (S) alliance has also claimed the support of two Independents and the sole MLA of the BSP which was a JD (S) partner in this election.

Soon after, the Congress announced that it would support the JD (S), taking their total seat share to 117, thus resulting in a fractured mandate. Mayawati's BSP, a JD (S) ally, and KPJP have won one seat each.

But Governor Vajubhai Vala is seen to relatively have a free hand to decide who to invite because there are arguments or conventions to support either course of action. "Because there is Supreme Court judgement in the case of Goa wherein the Congress emerged as the single largest party, but the BJP in coalition with small parties was able to show the adequate numbers", he said.