5/21/2018 3:22:39 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Karnataka’s Chief Minister-elect HD Kumarasamy, the Janata Dal (Secular) leader, has said he decided to head a coalition with the Congress to “correct” the political situation in the country and not to fulfil a personal ambition. “I wanted to become king through the mandate of the people, not like this,” he said in an exclusive interview with the Economic Times.
Asked why he agreed to head the coalition when the Congress won more seats, he said, “I did not ask for it at all. They (Congress) came forward voluntarily and offered unconditional support to a five-year term headed by me.”
The Congress, which ruled the state for the past five years, won 78 seats and the Janata Dal (Secular) 37 in the Karnataka assembly elections. Together they have more than the 112 seats needed in the 224-seat state assembly to form a government.
Karnataka’s Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa quit on May 19 after just two days in office, rather than face a confidence vote his minority Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was unlikely to win. Though the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats, he failed to muster the support of seven additional MLAs to ensure he remained in office.
The BJP still believes it can make a comeback in Karnataka, thanks to the "inherent contradictions" in the Congress-JD(S) alliance in the state. "We may have lost the battle, but we will win the war," said a BJP leader, referring to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Kumarasamy said the BJP was still trying to lure MLAs from the coalition ahead of the vote of confidence that he had planned to take on May 24. “But we will win,” he said.