In a house of 46, Congress had won 21 seats followed by JD(S) with 16, BJP eight and one Independent. Since JD(S) could not field its canididate for the post of Vice-President as there was none in the reservation category, it insisted on President post. But Congress was reluctant to yield.
Meanwhile BJP, which was closely watching the developments in both Congress and JD(S), jumped into the fray.
Congress MP H Vishwanath criticised JDS and said it has no principles and asked where its secular credential has gone.
Leader of opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah also condemned JD(S) and said it beleved in opportunism.