The Congress-JDS combine has stepped up pressure as the Governor is yet to decide on who to invite for government formation.
This comes after both JDS and BJP leaders met the Governor to stake claim in formation of government.
But the Congress now says that because it has clear majority, the invite could only be sent to its coalition.
The Congress backed up its claim, pointing to the governor’s invite to the BJP in Goa, Meghalaya and Manipur last year.
It also pulled out Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s tweet from 2017 where he had argued that the combination with majority support should get the first shot at power, not the largest single party.
Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Congress put out a news item on the blog that Mr Jaitley had written after Goa, saying what was “constitutionally the right thing to do” in Goa should apply in Karnataka too.
On the other hand, the BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya of the BJP put out Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweets from 2017 that cited Supreme Court judgments to argue that the largest single party should get the invite.
The BJP had emerged as the single largest party but at last count, was still short of majority by six-odd seats.
The Congress, which had been outsmarted by the BJP in Goa and elsewhere, moved quickly and gave HD Kumaraswamy of the JDS its “unconditional” support to block the BJP from coming to power.>