The controversial mining-scam accused Reddy Brothers are back in the thick of political action in the Karnataka cliff-hanger. The BJP high-command has reportedly asked them to mobilise MLAs in view of the possibility of a trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly.
Congress MLA from Kushtagi Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur alleges that he was offered a ministry by the BJP in lieu of support and claims to have rejected the offer.
The BJP, too, has staked claim to form the Karnataka government, but is seven seats short of the majority mark in the 222 seats that went to the polls. Elections to two more seats are yet to bea held as polling for RR Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.
Addressing BJP workers in Delhi on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who undertook a vigorous campaign, hailed the party’s win in Karnataka as “unparalleled and unprecedented”. The BJP bagged 104 seats, a gain of 64 , while the Congress notched 78, a loss of 44 seats, though its vote share was nearly two percentage points more than the saffron party.
The JD(S) secured 37 seats, down by three from its previous tally. In a roller-coaster ride for BJP, it initially appeared that the party was set to return to power after a five-year hiatus with a resounding majority. But at the end of counting of votes it came tantalisingly close to 113 needed to form the government.
“We had to be ready for any eventuality. So when there was a window, we chipped in,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told India Today TV. “…when the JD(S) and the Congress numbers swelled up, that was the time we felt we can make it.”