With the Congress and the JD (S) forging an alliance to keep the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka elections, out of power, BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said the grand old party is tryinbg to 'grab power' despite being rejected by the people.
The Congress has decided to support the JD(S) and both parties will soon stake a claim to form the government. The BJP which emerged as the single largest party has fallen short of the majority mark. The party needs 112 to form the government, but as per the current scenario it is falling 5 short. The JD(S) and Congress together have 72 and 40 seats respectively.
"The people have rejected the Congress and accepted BJP. People are moving towards Congress mukt Karnataka..I thank the people of Karnataka for giving this mandate to the Bhartiya Janata Party. Congress is trying to come to power through back door, people will not tolerate this," Yeddyurappa told the media on Tuesday (May 15).
He also said that the BJP will decide on the future course of action after consulting the top leadership.
It was surprising that BSY made no mention of staking a claim to form the governmenbt on the grounds that the BJP emerged as the single largest party.
JD (S)' HD Deve Gowda, HD Kumaraswamy along with the Congress leaders will meet the Governor after 5 pm today.
"JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. As per results, we're doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 pm today," JD (S) leader Danish Ali told ANI.
Meanwhile, KPCC president, Dr. G Parameshwar said that they bow their heads to the verdict. We do not have the numbers and hence we have decided to support the JD(S), he also said. Senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they had a telephonic conversation with the Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy and they had accepted the offer. We hope we are together, Azad also said.