Later in the day, Karnataka's chief minister-elect HD Kumaraswamy hit back at Shah,
calling his thought process 'unholy'.
"According to you, Congress-JD(S) is 'unholy alliance'. Then which is holy alliance? Was it trying to purchase legislators elected on other party symbols? Since no one got the majority, secular parties came together and there is a common philosophy behind it," Kumaraswamy said.
"This philosophy is to protect everyone's interest and if you think this is unholy alliance, your thought process is unholy," he added.
Kumaraswamy will take oath as chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday. Here's all you need to know about his second swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka:
When and where will the swearing-in take place?
The swearing-in is scheduled to be held on May 23 at 4.30 pm
on the steps of the Vidhan Soudha, the state secretariat. The swearing-in was earlier scheduled to be held on Monday but was later postponed as it coincided with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary.
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijay
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M.K. Stalin
Power-sharing between the two allies
The final deal between the two allies - Congress and JD(U) - is expected to be hammered out on Tuesday
. According to reports, Kumaraswamy had held discussions on sharing of ministerial berths with Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday.
Congress has authorised its General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal to finalise the matter after holding discussions with top leaders of state Congress and JD(S).
What Congress has demanded
Sources told news
that the Congress has demanded
two posts for Deputy Chief Ministers -- one for a Dalit and the other for a Lingayat, 12 for ministers and one for the Speaker.
With agency inputs