The Congress has rushed its senior leaders to Karnataka to ensure that it can form the government in case of a hung house. The Congress learnt bitter lessons from experiences in Meghalaya and Goa when it was unable to form the government despite being the single largest party.
The Congress rushed Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot on Monday to oversee the situation. Counting of votes for the hard-fought Karnataka election takes place today.
Azad, who is the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha is close to H D Deve Gowda, the supremo of the JD(S). He would oversee the talks with the JD(S) in case Karnataka throws up a hung house. In such an event, the JD(S) would play kingmaker.
On the other hand, H D Kumaraswamy sparked off speculation with his Singapore visit. He left for Singapore immediately after polling on May 12 with son Nikhil Gowda. Although Kumaraswamy maintained that it was for a routine medical check, there was speculation that he was in talks with some leaders in case of a hung verdict.
Depending on how the numbers shape up, no party would waste any time in seeking an appointment with the Governor of Karnataka. Congress sources admit that they had gone slow both in Goa and Meghalaya as a result of which they could not form the government despite being the single largest party.