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Congress-JD(S) Alliance 2018; In case of hung assembly, whose side Vajubhai Vala will take?

Congress-JD(S) Alliance 2018; In case of hung assembly, whose side Vajubhai Vala will take?
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Counting of votes is ongoing for the Karnataka assembly elections 2018. In trends, BJP has emerged as the largest party but still is far from the majority. The eyes of everyone are now to the State governor Vajubhai Vala, who was the state Finance Minister in Narendra Modi’s led Gujarat Government. In the case of not getting a clear majority, the governor will play an important role, and Now It would be interesting to see whose side Vajubhai Vala will take? After being, Resigned from Chief Ministerial Chair, Siddaramaiah lost the Chamundeshwari seat and won the Badami seat. At present BJP is leading on 104 seats, While Congress and JD(S) are leading on 78 and 38 seats respectively. For live news, and updates you can catch our live blog on 

Who is Vajubhai Vala?

Vajubhai Vala is the son of a Rajkot-based businessman who sold grinding wheels for flour mills. In his schooling timing, he enrolled himself as RSS Volunteer. At age 26, Vajubhai joined the Jana Sangh and soon grew closer to Keshubhai Patel, among other party leaders of the BJP. In 1975, he was elected from Rajkot Municipal Corporation, and in 1983, he became Rajkot mayor. In 1985 Gujarat Assembly elections, Vala was contested by the BJP for the first time from Rajkot-II. While Modi contested from here in a by-poll to take over as CM, the constituency was returned to Vajubhai Vala in the 2002 Assembly elections. Vala was still an MLA from Rajkot-II and serving as Speaker when he was made the governor of Congress-ruled Karnataka.

A crowd-puller and an impressive leader, Vala is known in his constituency for making speeches laced with humour and to be extremely approachable. During Modi’s 13 years as Gujarat CM (2001-14), Vala was finance minister for nine years. For a year in the middle, 2005-2006, Vala was the state BJP chief. As finance minister, he set a record by presenting the state budget 18 times.

After alliance, JDS-Congress party are going to meet the Governor and might claim the formation of the government. It would be interesting to see the Governer’s decision to form the government. However, Congress leaders have tried to meet him, but he refused them before the result. Meanwhile, BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa said that all the options are open to form the government.


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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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