In a high voltage drama that unfolded after the results of the Karnataka Assembly Election were declared, all three major players – BJP, Congress and JD(S) – are trying to push and stake a claim to form government.
Karnataka threw a fractured verdict following which the Congress and JD(S) tried to seize the opportunity as, together; their numbers went past the magical mark of 112.
Congress MLA DK Shivakumar on Tuesday claimed that BJP, which fell short of 8 MLAs, was trying to trying poach leaders from the Congress to stake a claim to form government.
“They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Everyday there is a lot of pressure. But, it not so easy because two parties have the necessary numbers. People are watching this,” he told reporters.
Shivakumar added that MLAs were likely to be moved to a resort after the legislative party meeting.
“Entire country is looking at this. Yes, there is a plan to shift MLAs to a resort. We have to safeguard our MLAs,” he added.
BJP, on the other hand, has claimed that it has not approached any individuals as of now, but hinted that politics is the art of possibility.
“Political scenario will unfold in next 2-3 days. It depends on development in political parties. As of now, we aren’t approaching any individuals but politics is art of possibility,” BJP’s Basavaraj Bommai told media.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Congress declared its support to JD(S) and HD Kumaraswamy, son of party chief HD Deve Gowda, would become the chief minister.
Congress will hold a party legislative meeting at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office to decide on the name of state deputy CM.