Karnataka Election Results: Congress Backs JD(S)

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Karnataka assembly TehalkaThe Congress party announced it would back the JD(S) to form an alliance and form govt in Karnataka, despite the BJP emerging as the single largest party.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, speaking to the media in Bengaluru, said, “Both Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy have agreed to this arrangement. Hopefully, we will be together.”

Senior Congress leader K C Venugopal said, “We (Congress and JDS) are jointly meeting the Governor this evening.”

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah speaking to the reporters said, “We sat together and decided. We have to bow before the verdict of the people. We will support the JD(S) to form a government.”

State Congress President G Parameshwara said, “We bow before the verdict of the people. The verdict so far shows that no party has come to clear verdict. Congress has come to a decision that it will support JD(S) in the interest of secularism.”

BJP chief ministerial candidate and former Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa speaking to the media said, “The verdict has not been delivered fully as yet. So far, final figures are not known and only after they are out will we finalise a decision. I will consult our leaders and come back. I do not want to comment about the Congress and JD(S),” he said.

While the final results are not yet out, the BJP is currently short of few seats from a complete majority.