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Congress, JDS leaders meet governor for government formation

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

and leaders today met and staked claim to form a JDS-led government in

Leaders of both the parties including outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and along with JD(S) H D Kumaraswamy met and submitted a letter seeking an opportunity to form the government.

"All party leaders after discussion have given a letter to our extending support ....on behalf our party, along with Congress leaders we have asked seeking an opportunity to form the government with the support of Congress, also two independent MLAs," Kumaraswamy said after meeting the

The said the governor told them that he would take a decision after getting official communication about the poll results from the EC.

In a dramatic twist, the Congress today offered support to the JDS-led by former H D Deve Gowda to form a government, as the assembly polls threw up a hung verdict.

Countering the Congress-JD(S ) move to form the government, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa also met and staked claim to form the government.

Responding to a question about BJP resorting to "operation Lotus" , Kumaraswamy said "...they may try to do it this time also, hoping to succeed."

'Operation Lotus' refers to the BJP's move during Yeddyurappa's tenure as to make MLAs of other parties resign and contest the elections and win again as the candidate of the saffron party.

Yeddyurappa's move to meet the governor came soon after Kumaraswamy wrote to the governor informing him about his decision to accept the Congress' support extended to his party to form the government, and sought an appointment.

said, according to results declared so far, "our numbers are more, and we have brought to the notice of the governor, and we are sure he will take decisions within the framework of law after getting the official communication from the "

He said "BJP's antecedents are that they have tried "operation lotus" in the past and have succeeded."

"This time also they will try, but will not succeed," he said.

KPCC chief G Parameshwara said modalities related to government formation would be discussed later.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:55 IST