Karnataka Verdict: Twist in tale, Congress offers CM's post to JD(S)
Congress has offered CM's post to JD(S), latter agrees and Kumaraswamy may be the CM of Karnataka; BJP keeps fingers crossed
New Delhi, May 15: UPA chairperson Sonia Ganhi has asked senior Congress leader Ghlam Nabi Azad to talk to JD S chief H D Deve Gowda. This is being seen as a new twist in the Karnataka Election Verdict. Sources inform that Sonia Gandhi is in no mood to let go the opportunity of making a government in Karnataka. Congress was seen as a strong contender in the Karnataka polls. This is also being seen as the Congress ploy to keep BJP out of power.It is now official that the JD(S) sides with Congress. Sources say that Congress and JD(S) will met the governor shortly.Reports say the Congress has approached JDS to cobble together an alliance if the BJP fails to reach the halfway mark. The JDS has accepted the Congress party's offer that HD Kumaraswamy be the CM candidate, say reports.Reports say that Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad have spoken to JDS chief Deve Gowda. Even before the leads suggested a Congress rout, senior leader Mallikarjuna Kharge suggested this morning, that the party was open to an alliance with the JDS.The JDS has been non-committal about the BJP as well as Congress. Siddaramaiah's willingness to step down from the CM's post could be a decider for Deve Gowda to extend his support to the Congress. The JDS has said it is the Congress's "responsibility" to reach out if it did not get majority.
News24Bureau with Agencies