Mayawati Behind Hurriedly Stitched Alliance of Congress, JD-S in Karnataka

Karnataka Government Formation

JD-S leader H D Kumarswamy with Siddaramaiah and Congress state president G Parameshwara

If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD (S), the result would have been different. This resulted in victory mostly of BJP candidates in these regions. BJP could not have got 104 MLAs had the Congress not indulged in this kind of rhetoric.

In his public meetings in the run-up to the May 12 polls, Rahul had accused the H D Deve Gowda-led party of tacitly allying with the BJP to defeat the Congress. The move, experts said, would help her in consolidating core Dalit vote bank and woo Muslims, especially in UP, where her party was decimated in 2014 elections and then 2017 assembly elections.

The BSP chief on Thursday said the policies of the BJP were risky for democracy and that the latter was trying to weaken the Constitution. "We must give full respect to the maker of our Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar".

Addressing a Panchayati Raj rally in Chattisgarh's Raipur, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said RSS-BJP are misusing democratic institutions, he added, that prevailing situation in India is like Pakistan. Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed. "This is condemnable", Mayawati stated.

The Congress Party ended with 78 seats in the 222-member Karnataka state legislative assembly, and was forced to take the support of the Janata Dal (Secular) and Mayawati's own Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to cobble together a last-minute alliance. The BSP has said that it would be in alliance with the JDD (S) during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections too.

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