In spite of having emerged as the single largest party post Assembly polls in Karnataka, BJP is still sort of the desired majority to form government of its own within the state which was being ruled by Congress until the elections were held.
Though, BJP and Janata Dal Secular (JDS) both have staked the claim to form the government separately. It was not yet clear and there is also a possibility that the state may see a hung Assembly. The sitting Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah called on the state governor, Vajubhai Vala, and handed over his resignation to him, promising for open support to JD (S) in case it was invited to form the government. The Congress has expressed its wish to provide unconditional support to the JD (S) of the former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in case it forms the government in the state by anointing his son, HD Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, BJP has rushed its senior leaders and union ministers like Prakash Javadekar, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan to Bangaluru to oversee the political situation.
With the poll outcome out in Karnataka, the suspense over the high-stakes Karnataka election, seen as a clash with strong national overtones besides being a duel of regional leaders, came to a close. Surprisingly, Punjab is the only major state where Congress is a ruling party as of now. The win in Karnataka has given a moral boost to the BJP which will now gear up to make it in its home turf Rajasthan which is passing through difficult phase for the party at present. It will be followed by the Assembly elections to be held in the BJP bastion states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Not to mention that the Karnataka polls may set a tone for the political situation which may emerge post the 2019 general elections.
True, the win of BJP in the state is being seen as a major validation of the Modi model given the PM Narendra Modi’s toiling campaign and the over 40 days that party chief Amit Shah has spent in Karnataka. One can’t forget the prediction which had been made by Shah before the elections in the state that his party would win the polls. It is going to be a comeback for B S Yeddyurappa, BJP’s mascot in the state and a former CM, no matter if his earlier tenure was shrouded in controversies.
But here lies the catch. It is said that the state has been known to have its preference to have one ruling party within the state, still it has given its support to another party at the Centre. Is BJP listening? It is also a fact that no government in Bengaluru has returned to office since 1985.
Meanwhile, JD (S) has confirmed they’ve accepted Congress’ offer to form government in Karnataka under HD Kumaraswamy as CM.