A day earlier than the outcomes of the carefully watched Karnataka state election are introduced, state Congress chief DK Shivakumar stated he was assured that his social gathering would win the election by itself and dismissed hypothesis that it may very well be bested by a possible alliance between the BJP and the Janata Dal-Secular or JD-S.
Mr Shivakumar, who’s seen as a attainable chief minister candidate, instructed NDTV on Friday that he was sticking to the social gathering’s prediction of successful about 150 seats within the 224-member meeting, properly above the bulk mark of 113.
“I cannot change my expectations. I cannot change my numbers. The Congress social gathering will come to energy. We had a giant energy of leaders. Our nationwide leaders got here down and did their greatest. We additionally had Siddaramaiah and varied leaders have travelled the size and breadth of Karnataka. We could have good numbers,” he stated.
He additionally denied that there have been any talks between his social gathering and the JD-S, which is anticipated to play a kingmaker position in case of a hung meeting.
He stated that the Congress would kind the federal government by itself and that he didn’t need to touch upon the BJP’s makes an attempt to woo the JD-S.
“No talks between the JD-S and BJP. We are going to kind the federal government on our personal. Allow them to discuss. I do not need to touch upon their discuss,” he stated.
The Congress chief dodged a query on whether or not the social gathering will decide him or Siddaramaiah for Chief Minister. “Each my former Congress presidents, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, will resolve,” he stated.
The BJP, which governs Karnataka and is hoping to forestall a Congress takeover of its solely bastion in South India, has additionally claimed that it will win a transparent majority and has dominated out any alliance with the JD-S.
The BJP’s tallest chief within the state, former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, has stated that he was assured of getting greater than 115 seats. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai additionally stated he was assured of scoring a “snug majority”.
The JD-S, led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy, has maintained that it will look ahead to the ultimate outcomes earlier than deciding on its future plan of action.