The Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala will decide who to call to form the newest Government in the State. Yesterday’s election results started with the BJP leading in majority seats. However, once the final tally came in, the BJP fell short of 8 seats.
A total of 222 seats were up for grabs meaning a party requires 112 seats to form a Government. The BJP secured 104 seats, the Congress won 77 seats and the Janata Dal (Secular) got 39 seats. Once the BJP failed to hit the majority mark, the Congress contacted the JD(S) for an alliance.
The Congress sweetened the deal by offering the Chief Minister role to the JD(S) President H. D. Kumaraswamy. CM Siddaramaiah is confident of victory and said, “All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the Government.”
The Congress and the JD(S) leaders have pointed out the reason for an assured victory. The party members gave the example of the Goa elections in 2012. The BJP formed an alliance with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party to secure 24 seats out of the 40 seat Assembly.
The JD(S) spokesperson explained the same scenario during the recent Manipur and Meghalaya elections. The BJP allied with another party to secure the majority of seats while the Congress was the single strongest party short of the majority.
This Karnataka Assembly Election is facing the same and the coalition is likely to form the new Government. Two of the independent candidates who won seats have agreed to support the Congress.
While the Congress tries to win the elections by using the backdoor, the BJP has also decided to take action. The BJP CM candidate B. S. Yeddyurappa announced he will meet the Governor along with Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Yeddyurappa said, “We are the single largest party in the state. The mandate is in our favor and against Congress.”
The voting for the 222 seats was held on Saturday and one of the Constituency’s polling was canceled after the BJP candidate suddenly passed away. This election is very important for the Congress as it is one of the four states under their control. If Congress loses this election bouncing back in the General Elections will be difficult. Apart from Karnataka, the Congress rule in Punjab, Puducherry and Mizoram.