New Delhi: With the Congress gearing up to form the next government in Karnataka, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the southern state will get a stable government for the next five years.
Speaking to reporters here, Chidambaram said, "We are happy. I have seen different numbers in different channels, but it appears that all channels are agreeing that Congress will have an absolute majority in the House."
"We are very happy that people of Karnataka have voted the Congress Party with an absolute majority," he said.
"Voting the Congress party is one thing but voting it with an absolute majority means that there will be a stable government for five years," Chidambaram said.
Chidambaram said the Congress will give the people of Karnataka a stable and progressive government.
"We can now promise the people of Karnataka that we will give a stable government, a progressive government and a hard-working government for the next five years," he said.
Winning an emphatic mandate, the Congress is all set to form the next government in Karnataka while the crisis-ridden ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was relegated to the third position as Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) pipped the party to the second position even as counting of votes of the Assembly polls held on May 5 continued.
While counting progressed, Congress clearly got a majority. Trends showed that it is leading in 119 seats with 30 seats already declared in its favour.
The Janata Dal-Secular led in 38 seats with six declared in its favour. The ruling BJP is leading in 40 with 9 seats declared in its favour.
The newly formed Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former BJP chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is ahead in 8 seats so far and one seat has already been declared in their favour.
As counting progressed it is evident that Yeddyurappa's exit and formation of KJP spoiled the BJP's chances which also earned a bad name on the issue of corruption in the state.
While Congress is set to form the government, speculations are rife on who would be the next CM. Names of Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara, senior party leader K Siddaramaiah and central ministers Veerappa Moily and Mallikarjun Kharge are doing the rounds.
According to Union Labour and Employment Minister M Mallikarjun Kharge, whose name also surfaced, the Congress high command will decide on the Chief Minister.
A total of 223 seats went to polls in the 225-member Karnataka assembly on Sunday. In one seat the polling was postponed. One member is nominated.
Around 65 percent voters had cast their ballots for the Assembly elections in Karnataka.