File photo of former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
The JD(S) and the Congress have agreed on HD Kumaraswamy as the next chief minister should they form the government in Karnataka, news reports said Tuesday.
The Congress had earlier offered outside support to the JD(S).
News reports had said earlier that former Congress President Sonia Gandhi had spoken with Ghulam Nabi Azad, who then spoke with JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy.
Azad said he had told Gowda and Kumaraswamy that the picking of a chief minister would be left to them.
The reports now say Kumaraswamy has picked the chief minister's chair for himself.
Karnataka has a total of 224 assembly seats, but only 222 seats went to the polls this election. (Voting was postponed in two seats.)
The halfway mark then is 112 seats.
Official EC trends at the moment say the BJP has won or is leading in 104 seats, the Congress in 78, the JD(S)+ in 37, and Others 3.
That would give the JD(S)-Congress a total of 115 seats.