Bengaluru, May 15 : Accepting the peoples' mandate Congress today announced support to Janata Dal (Secular) to form the next government in Karnataka.
Briefing newsmen senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Tuesday that they have already informed the party's decision to JD(S) supremo and former prime minsiter H D Devegowda and his son H D Kumaswamy and they have accepted.
Mr Azad said that both Congrss and JD(S) leaders and hopefully will call on Governor Vajubhai Vala this evening to convey the decision.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said this was the unanimous decision taken by the party leaders.
With a fractured mandate looming large, the Congress made this move to keep BJP, set to emerge as the largest party in the house, at bay.
JDS accepts Cong's support to form govt,
Kumaraswamy seeks time from Guv
Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy today wrote to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala informing him about his decision to accept the Congress' support to form the government.
In a dramatic twist, the Congress today offered support to JD(S) to form the government after the BJP, which was emerging as the single largest party, appeared to be falling short of majority.
In a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, Kumaraswamy, whose party was a distant third after the BJP and Congress, sought an appointment for this evening.
"This is to submit to your good self that I have accepted the support extended by the Indian National Congress (I) party for forming the Government. In this regard, I seek your appointment today evening between 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm," Kumaraswamy said in a letter, copy of which was released to the media.
The Congress offered support to the JDS-led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda to form a government as the assembly polls appeared to throw up a hung verdict.