In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
said: “I want to assure the people of Karnataka that the BJP will not allow the state’s development journey to be trampled upon. It will not lag behind for ensuring the state a bright future.” Addressing party workers at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Modi criticised those spreading “lies” that the BJP is a party of north. He said the people of Karnataka had given a befitting reply to those with such a "distorted" mindset. BJP chief Amit Shah said the party would continue to win all elections
in the near future, including the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress and JD(S) were mulling whether to take the legislators to a resort in the neighbouring state of Kerala, which is ruled by the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The Congress leaders present at the meeting included outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar and others.
Last year, the Congress had put up its legislators from Gujarat in a resort owned by Shivakumar in Bengaluru, when it feared that the BJP might influence them to abstain from voting in a Rajya Sabha election.
Earlier in the day, the JD(S) and Congress leaders had together gone to Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government. BJP leaders, led by BS Yeddyurappa, had also asked to the Governor to give them time until Thursday to prove majority.
The JD(S) has won 37-seats and its ally the Bahujan Samaj Party has been victorious in one seat.
The Congress has won 78 seats, and an Independent candidate that it had backed has also won. Together, the post-poll alliance is set to have 117-seats to the BJP's 104 in the 224-seat Assembly. Two seats where polls were postponed will vote on May 28.