New Delhi: Congress has 78 legislators, several of them seniors, against the 37 who have been elected on JDS ticket. Also, two independents supporting the coalition need to be accommodated.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy met UPA chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday.
Kumaraswamy is planning to take a vote of confidence in the assembly on Thursday and has been making very careful statements on all matters, as it is crucial that all Congress and JDS MLAs support him if he has to win.
After the May 12 elections delivered a fractured mandate, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa had formed the government, but resigned on Saturday as chief minister without facing a trust vote as he fell short of the required number of seats.
An informal understanding is said to have been reached between the two parties that the 33 ministerial berths that Karnataka is allowed to have will be split into 15 and 16 for JDS and Congress, though the latter is said to be seeking more.