Gandhinagar: Staring at a clear defeat in the Karnataka assembly polls, the Congress has announced its full support to Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular) as the Bharatiya Janata Party's lead in the elections dropped after a euphoric jump that showed it as the single largest party in the southern state. This was confirmed to MeraNews by the general secretary of JDS Gujarat Parth Raval

Sources in the party have informed that the JDS has already accepted Congress' support and they will be staking claim to form the next government in Karnataka with Kumaraswamy as its chief minister. Top leaders of both the parties will be meeting Karnataka state governer Vajubhai Vala in the evening for the same. This election has taken an interesting turn as both BJP and Congress had tried to close ranks with the JDS during the campaigning as it considered Deve Gowda's party as the Kingmaker in the state. But Gowda has categorically stated that it won't join hands with BJP.

Top leaders from both Congress and BJP have already flown down to Karnataka and have probably begun its discussions with the JDS. BJP is known to have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at polls by teaming up with smaller but locally powerful parties and independent candidates to show its majority and stake claim on forming the government and it was visible during the polls in Goa.