JD(S) accepts Cong support, Kumaraswamy seeks time from governor

JD(S) accepts Cong support, Kumaraswamy seeks time from governor


Janata Dal (Secular) chief H D Kumaraswamy along with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Siddaramaiah. (DH Photo)

Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday wrote to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala informing him about his decision to accept the Congress' support to form the government.

In a dramatic twist, the Congress today offered support to JD(S) to form the government after the BJP, which was emerging as the single largest party, appeared to be falling short of a majority.

In a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, Kumaraswamy, whose party was a distant third after the BJP and Congress, sought an appointment for this evening.

"This is to submit to your good self that I have accepted the support extended by the Indian National Congress (I) party for forming the Government. In this regard, I seek your appointment today evening from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm," Kumaraswamy said in a letter, a copy of which was released to the media.

The Congress offered support to the JDS-led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda to form a government as the assembly polls appeared to throw up a hung verdict.