New Delhi, May 16: With Karnataka throwing up a fractured verdict, both the BJP and the JD(S)-Congress combine have staked claim to form government. The Congress and JD(S) now fear horse trading by the BJP.
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said the party is taking care to make sure its MLAs are not poached. JD(S) leader Saravana said, "I don't know what they (BJP) are offering but they are trying to call our people, but they are not responding. We are all together, no one can touch our party. Our party MLAs are loyal to the party." Here are the LIVE uodates:
- Bengaluru: HD Kumaraswamy led the delegation to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala.
-JD(S), Congress to meet Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala
-If Congress-JD(S) are not invited by the Governor then the MLAs will sit on a 'dharna' outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow. MPs may also join them:
-We will meet the Governor once again along with state Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President (G Parameshwara): HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)
-No question of supporing BJP, says Kumaraswamy. HD Kumaraswamy chosen as legislative party leader in a meeting of the JD(S) MLAs in Bengaluru. Addressing a presser now, he says the JDS will stay with the Congress and there was no question of supporting the BJP.
-Sixty-six out of the 78 MLAs were present for the Congress legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru.
-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: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP after meeting the Guv
-66 out of the 78 MLAs reached for Congress legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru
-We are all together All this is false news. In fact there are 6 BJP people, who are touch with us: MB Patil, Congress.
-D(S)' MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda are missing from the JD(S) legislative party meeting which is going on in a hotel in Bengaluru
-Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhavan : BS Yeddyurappa has left for the Raj Bhavan to meet the governor, his second meeting in less than 12 hours.
-People want BJP government and we will make it. Anyone can create unnatural tensions, but people of Karnataka are with us. After meeting, we will take necessary steps. This attempt made by Congress to make a backdoor entry is not appreciated: Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister
-Guv is obliged to call largest party, which is BJP. He should call BJP leader asking him if he can form govt. If he says he can't, Guv will then call 2nd party & if he says he can form govt, Guv should give him time to prove majority: Mukul Rohatgi, former AG
Outgoing Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated outright that the BJP may try to poach its MLAs.
Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress who was part of the entourage which met the governor at the Raj Bhavan, said JD(S) has faith in its MLAs. "Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to," Azad said.
All eyes are now set on Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, who will take the crucial decision-- whom to call first to form the government in the state.
It is solely up to Governor Vala to take this major decision to whether call the single largest party i.e. BJP or the coalition