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Karnataka verdict: Kumaraswamy accepts Cong support, writes to Governor

SNS | New Delhi |

HD Kumaraswamy, son of JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda, confirmed on Tuesday that they had accepted the support offered by the Congress to form government in the southern state.

Kumaraswamy wrote a letter to the Governor Vajubhai Vala and sought his appointment between 5.30 pm and 6 pm on Tuesday evening.

In the letter addressed to the Governor, the JD(S) leader wrote, he “has accepted the support extended by the Indian National Congress for forming the government.”

Congress leader DK Shivakumar has already reached the Raj Bhawan and told the media that he was accompanied by independent and others MLAs.

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“I’m here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA Mr Nagesh and others MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a secular govt in Karnataka,” said Shivakumar.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is learnt to have tendered his resignation to the Governor.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, has fallen short of eight seats to touch the magic mark of 112 seats.

Congress, which has won 52 seats and is leading on 26, will be able to get past the crucial mark of 112 seats with the help of JD(S), which has won 28 seats so far and is leading on 9 others.

According to reports, the Congress and the JD(S) have reached an understanding and decided Kumaraswamy will become the chief minister of the state if they get to form government.

Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa held a press conference thanking the people of the state for making BJP the single-largest party.

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“In their verdict, the people have ousted the Congress led by Siddaramaiah. the anti-incumbency was so strong that Siddaramaiah was himself defeated miserably in Chamundeshwari,” said Yeddyurappa.

“I thank the people of Karnataka for supporting the BJP. I thank all my party workers dues to whom we emerged as the single largest party,” he added.