The Janata Dal (Secular) has announced that it has decided with which party it will form a government in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2023. The party has indicated the possibility of a hung assembly in the state, with neither the BJP nor the Congress getting a clear majority after days of high-octane campaigning. The counting of votes polled for the May 10 Karnataka Assembly polls will be taken up on Saturday as the parties wait with bated breath to know their fate. Here’s what we know so far:
Janata Dal (Secular) Announces Decision
The JD(S) has announced that it has decided which party it will form the government with, a day before the results of the Karnataka Polls. The electoral fortunes of top leaders, including Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai of the BJP, Congress heavyweights Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, and JD(S)’ HD Kumaraswamy, among many others will be known on Saturday.
Expectation of a Hung Assembly
The remark by JD(S) national spokesperson Tanveer Ahmed indicates the possibility of a hung assembly in the state with neither the BJP nor the Congress getting a clear majority after days of high-octane campaigning. With most exit polls predicting a tight contest between the Congress and BJP, leaders of the two parties seem “jittery” over the outcome, while the JD(S) appears to be expecting a hung verdict.
Record Turnout and Counting of Votes
The State registered a “record” turnout of 73.19 per cent in the voting on May 10, to elect representatives to the 224-member Assembly. The counting will begin at 8 am in 36 centres across the state, and poll officials expect a clear picture about the outcome is likely to emerge by mid-day.
BJP’s Poll Jinx and Congress’ Hopes
Having banked on the Modi juggernaut, the ruling BJP is looking to break a 38-year-old poll jinx where the people have never voted the incumbent party to power. The Congress is hoping for a morale booster victory to give it a much-needed elbow room and momentum to position itself as the main opposition player in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
JD(S)’s Role in Government Formation
It remains to be seen whether former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S) will emerge as a “kingmaker” or a “king” by holding the key to government formation, in the event of a hung verdict, as it has done in the past.
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