Bengaluru, May 12: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said the Congress is summoning their candidates and talking to other parties because they know their party is not getting majority in Karnataka assembly election and do not trust their candidates.
“There are two meanings to it. Firstly, they won’t get a majority. Therefore they are trying to talk to other parties. And secondly, they do not have faith in their MLAs,” he told reporters here.
He replied to a question on the Congress summoning their candidates and booking resorts in Bengaluru in the fear of BJP launching Operation Kamala to buyout winning candidates to form the next government.
The Congress has summoned their candidates to Bengaluru after a majority of exit polls predicted a fractured mandate in the Karnataka assembly election, the polling for which culminated on Wednesday at 6pm.
Karnataka recorded the highest-ever voter turnout of 73.19 per cent since the 1952 assembly election.
Asked about the possibilities of a post-poll alliance with JDS to form a coalition government, Bommai said as of now there is no such a possibility as the BJP is getting a comfortable majority.
Reacting to Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar’s claim that the Congress would secure 141 seats, Bommai said: “Well let him be happy with 141 till tomorrow. the reality will emerge.”
Asked who would be the chief ministerial face after the party wins the election, Bommai said, “Let us see. It will be decided in the legislature party and parliamentary board meetings.”
Replying to a query on post-poll alliance with JDS, Bommai said, “I just saw that Kumaraswamy said he will not be a kingmaker, but become a king. Everybody has his own right to make his assessment.”
The polling for the Karnataka assembly election concluded on Wednesday evening, with the state registering a voter turnout of 73.19 per cent, which poll officials on Thursday termed a record while sharing the final figures.