Rahul Gandhi

Thanking the people of Karnataka for voting for the Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (15) said the party will continue to fight for them. The 47-year-old also praised Congress party workers and leaders for their work in the recently concluded assembly elections.

“A big thank you to all those who voted for the Congress in these elections. We appreciate your support and will fight for you.

“Thank you also to our workers and leaders for their dedication and untiring hard work in support of the party,” he said on Twitter.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s BJP on Tuesday emerged as the single largest party in the assembly election. However, they fell short of simple majority.

The Congress and the JD(S) have jointly staked claim to form the government, and now all eyes are on Governor Vajubhai Vala, who will decide who should form the government.

According to Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, the governor is bound under the Constitution to invite their coalition to form the government in Karnataka. “We expect Karnataka governor to invite JD (S)-Cong coalition which has clear majority to form government in the state. As per constitutional and legal provisions, the governor has no option but to invite the coalition,” he said.

B S Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka unit chief of the BJP, also met Vala on Wednesday (16) and asked him to allow him to take oath as chief minister.

“We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately,” Yeddyurappa told reporters. He also said that he was confident of the BJP forming the government in Karnataka.