Letter to BS: JD(S)-Congress combine should get the first opportunity

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"He chose to serve his masters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rather then serve the Constitution", tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala", he said. According to party sources, three senior ministers - Dhamendra Pradhan, Prakash Javadekar and J P Nadda - have been rushed to Karnataka to strategise with the local leadership.

The Congress itself had made up its mind, even before the results came in, to extend support to a JD (S) government led by HD Kumaraswamy in case the Congress tally fell below 90 seats.

In a bid to shield their MLAs from switching over to the other side, the Congress party has huddled its MLAs in a hotel in Bengaluru.

Former state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had accused the Centre of tapping telephonic conversations of Congress leaders.

The Janata Dal (Secular), a key regional party that has given the state two chief ministers in the past, could emerge as an important player after the results are all counted. "Calling an immoral and illegal government to be sworn in as an illegitimate child can not sustain the scrutiny of the Constitution or the test of law", Mr Surjewala said at a press conference.

Mayawati had earlier bailed out Congress government in Uttarakhand in 2016 and its two MLAs voted for it in the floor test following disqualification of its nine MLAs who defected to BJP camp.

The chief minister has also taken controversial decisions such as proposing a flag for the state and emphasising the use of the local Kannada language.

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This is despite Congress and the JD (S) having bitterly fought against each other in Sunday's election. "The BJP people are calling our MLAs, threatening and luring them" he alleged.

No doubt, the Karnataka defeat calls for a new prime ministerial face from Congress for the Lok Sabha Elections. The Congress and the JD (S) ferried their respective legislators to the Governor's residence and were preparing to cart them to a resort, allegedly to stop "poaching" by the BJP.

Congress has contended that despite the alliance having 115 MLAs they have not been invited by the Governor to form the government and said the "Governor has shamed his office" by inviting the BJP to form the government. "We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 PM today". "Karnataka government wants to gain an edge by listening to what we are discussing with our leaders", she said. If Congress wins the remaining four, the combine will have 115 seats, enough for a majority.

In Goa, the Congress had lost out because though it was the single largest party in the State, it did not have a majority.

When it became clear that no party is going to get a complete majority, INC extended formal support to JD (S).

Kumaraswamy said that "BJP's Ashwamedha Yatra started in north has been stopped in Karnataka".

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