Five of the JDS’s 32 legislators are expected to either quit or cross-vote as they have decided to quit.
BengaluruJanata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Friday dismissed reports of misinformation that his party’s lawmakers are cross-voting despite their party’s support for the Rajya Sabha elections.
There was a lot of misinformation that our lawmakers were cross-voting. “Our party as a whole is a message from our legislators,” Kumaraswamy told TV9 News.
He added that the confidence of the supporters of the legislators was high in the election. Kumaraswamy said the Coalition will help the party achieve its goal of getting 123 out of a total of 224 seats the government needs to create in next year’s assembly elections.
The JD (S) legislators spent the night before the vote in a five-star hotel to defeat the burglary.
Six candidates have filed for four seats in Karnataka. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 121 MLAs in the 244-member House, Congress 70 and JDS (S) 32 MLAs.
The BJP is set to win two of the four seats and the Congress one. Both the BJP and the Congress have fielded additional candidates for the fourth position. Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among BJP’s candidates from Karnataka. A candidate needs 45 votes to win. The Congress has enough votes for former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh.
If the BJP has 32 additional votes, the Congress will have at least 25. Five of the JD (S) ‘s 32 legislators have indicated they should quit the party or they will be expected to vote cross-party.
Congress has appealed to its second candidate Mansoor Ali Khan for a “conscience vote” of JD (S) legislators. Asked the JDS (S) to save the secular and defeat the communal forces.
BJP leader and minister R Ashok has said that the Congress has no numerical strength. “We have 90 second preference votes against 45 of Congress. They talk about the conscience vote and our third candidate wins.
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