Given letter to Governor, hoping for a call: Yeddyurappa; No doubts over alliance, says Kumaraswamy

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BANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that he has given the letter to Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and is hoping that an appropriate decision will be taken by the latter.

 

"The party has chosen me. I have given the letter to the Governor and he will call me, that is what I am hoping. He told me that he will take an appropriate decision. I'll inform you after I receive letter from Governor," Yeddyurappa told reporters here after meeting the governor.

Earlier on Wednesday, Yeddyurappa had suggested that his party will claim to form the government.

Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar also disapproved the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance, saying that the people of Karnataka wanted a BJP government in the state.

Results of the Karnataka Assembly polls announced on Tuesday evening showed that the BJP won 104 seats, emerging as the single largest party, while the Congress and JD(S) bagged 78 and 37 seats, respectively.

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.

As the results of the poll in the state have left the assembly in hung, the final decision will be taken by the Governor, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

No doubts over alliance: Kumaraswamy

Ahead of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party meeting here, chief ministerial candidate H.D. Kumaraswamy confirmed that his party would ally with the Congress Party to put forth the formation of the government in Karnataka.

"We have already decided to go with Congress. That's the reason we called for the JD (S) legislature party meeting. There is no question of taking any other decision," he told reporters here.

Meanwhile, another party member claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was approaching JD(S) MLAs.

"I don't know what they (BJP) are offering, but they are trying to call our people. Our party people are not responding. We are all together; no one can touch our party. Our MLAs are loyal to the party," JD(S) leader Saravana told reporters here.

On a related note, JD(S) MLAs have gathered to attend the legislative party meeting, which is presently underway.

However, two JD(S) MLAs, namely Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda, are missing from the meeting.

6 BJP leaders in touch with us: Cong leader

Amid claims of MLAs being swoon by opponents in Karnataka, Congress Party leader MB Patil claimed that six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were in touch with his party.

"We are all together. All this (Congress and JD (S) leaders changing sides) is false news. In fact, there are six BJP people who are in touch with us," Patil told media here.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA NA Harris accused the BJP of doing "bad politics", and added that the grand old party would not stoop down to that level.

"We have to protect the verdict of the people. They (BJP) are doing bad politics. We don't have to stoop down to their level. We are 118 in number; we don't want anyone," he said, adding that he was not called to any resort, against reports stating otherwise.

Two JD(S) MLAs, namely Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda, are missing from the meeting.

Meanwhile, 66 out of the 78 MLAs are attending the legislative meeting at the Karnataka Party Congress Committee office here.

Inputs from ANI

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