Byelections to 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka are barely three days away, but the Congress and the JDS which had a bitter parting of ways in July are once again hinting at sewing up a partnership in case the BJP falls short of the minimum number of seats required to retain power.
Of 15 constituencies, BJP needs to win at least seven for CM BS Yediyurappa’s government to survive.
Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said his party will win at least 12 seats and come back to power. But Congress will still fall short of a simple majority and will not be able to form a government without the support of its former partner. Congress’ Rajya Sabha member BK Hariprasad said on Saturday: “The Congress will win 10-11 seats. If the party High Command decides and the JDS supports us, then the Congress will come to power.”
JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda has suggested that his party’s support would largely depend on the Congress’ stand after the polls.