JD-S Chief HD Kumaraswamy with former chief minister Siddaramaiah and senior Congress leaders (PTI)
Karnataka witnessed a dramatic contest between the Congress and the BJP as votes cast in elections on Saturday were counted this morning. With no party reaching the magic mark of 112
- not even the BJP, which is the single largest party - to form government, the next few days are set to be busy and chaotic. A light-hearted dig from neighbouring Kerala referring to the "rough and tumble" of the Karnataka verdict amused many on Twitter. A tweet by Kerala tourism, which has now been deleted, invited Karnataka's newly-elected lawmakers to the "safe and beautiful" resorts of God's Own Country. "After the rough and tumble of the #KarnatakaVerdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe & beautiful resorts of God's Own Country," Kerala Tourism tweeted yesterday. The tweet may have been a jibe at politically turbulent times in Tamil Nadu, when 120 lawmakers from AIADMK were sequestered for days at a resort outside Chennai by VK Sasikala
, who wanted to prevent anyone joining "rebel" O Panneerselvam or OPS.
At the time of writing, the tweet had over 10,000 'likes' and over 6,000 retweets. It has now been deleted.
The cheeky swipe was lapped up by the Internet
Both the BJP and the Congress-Janata Dal Secular have staked claim to form the government. When it was clear that the BJP was struggling to reach the half-way mark, the Congress quickly reached out to JD-S leader and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda
and agreed that his son HD Kumaraswamy
would be Chief Minister of a coalition government.
It is now up to Governor Vajubhai Vala to decide who will get first shot at proving their strength
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