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'JD-S committed to secularism, reconciled to Congress support'

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) is reconciled to accept support to form the new government in due to the JD-S's commitment to secularism, a said on Tuesday.

As party supremo and former is committed to secularism and wants to work for the minorities, the would be comfortable in forming the new government in with support, told IANS here.

"The and are both sides of the same coin and we wanted to maintain equidistance from both, but we are not keen on the as its chief ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa went to jail on graft charges."

"We have thus agreed to take Congress support to form the new government after a fractured verdict thrown up by the results," he added.

Asked if it would be a JD-S-led coalition government, Babu said it was premature to say so, as the party's core committee would decide on the form and structure of the government in consultation with the Congress.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, and are meeting Kumaraswamy to discuss the government formation," added Babu.

Of the 222 constituencies where polling was held on May 12, the won in 101 seats and was leading in three, while the Congress won 78 and won 37 seats.

JD-S ally has won one seat.

Elections in Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar in Bengaluru southwest was postponed to May 28 and countermanded in Jayangar in Bengalur south following the death of BJP candidate and MLA B.on May 4.

"Though the BJP has emerged as the single-largest party with 104 seats, it does not have the numbers to form the government, as it is still eight short of the halfway mark of 112," Babu reasoned.

On the consent of JD-S supremo and former H.D. Deve Gowda, Babu said the party's state had agreed to the Congress support ostensibly to keep the BJP out of power in the southern state.

"As JD-S and Congress have the numbers (38+78), which is over the 112 halfway mark, we should be allowed to form the government to prove majority on the floor of the house," the said.

Hoping that the BJP would not do backdoor to regain power and respect the combined numbers the two parties have got, Babu said Kumaraswamy had agreed to the Congress offer, as the had allowed parties with majority to form a government if the single-largest party (BJP) did not have enough seats.

"Kumaraswamy said ahead of the elections that whichever party implements the JD-S manifesto would get its support in case of a hung verdict," Babu said.

As a regional party, the JD-S has agreed to the Congress support to safeguard the state's interests, especially of its farmers, women and the poor.

Kumaraswamy became the in February 2006 with BJP support and headed the first coalition government in the state for 20 months till October 2007.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 22:08 IST