Meanwhile, BJP's Basavaraj Bommai said that the party wasn't approaching any individuals as of now, but added that politics is the art of possibility.
"We had to be ready for any eventuality".
He has also been Gujarat State BJP president twice and was Assembly Speaker before he was elevated as Governor of Karnataka in 2015. "Fearless statements alone will not give him the leadership (in the anti-BJP front)", Reddy added.
Speaking about the Karnataka election results, DMK's TKS Elangovan said the Congress should have entered into a pre-poll alliance with JD (S).
Azad's comments summed up the breathtaking daylong developments in an election seen as a bellwether for the 2019 general elections at a time when the saffron wave is sweeping the country.
Governor Vajubhai R Vala had on Wednesday invited the BJP to form the new government, as it was the single largest party post the assembly elections in the state. "We will discuss the future plan". However, India and Indians hope neither party injects more poison in the body of democracy, which is already in a semi-conscious state from previous poisoning, just for the sake of furthering their own growth. "Before criticising us let Rahul Gandhi go to his mother and ask what was promised and why people rejected their party which was ruling (at the centre)". Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed. "It is our unanimous decision".
Brokers said investor sentiment was subdued following uncertainty over government formation in Karnataka, which has thrown up a hung verdict.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who led the Congress to a huge victory in 2013, winning 121 seats, was bullish ahead of results day. Can a person who is there to save constitution, destroy it too?
Federal Ministers Prakesh Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and JP Nadda, plus Yeddyurappa and other state leaders were working on options that include MLAs from the Congress and the JD (S) being absent when the trust vote is conducted; that would reduce the mark required for a simple majority.
In a swift political manoeuvring, the Congress reached out to JD (S) offering chief minister's position to H D Kumaraswamy to stop BJP.
Mamata Banerjee congratulated HD Deve Gowda soon after the Congress announced its unconditional support to JDS.
Addressing the media, Kumaraswamy said,"JD (S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each".
The JD (S)'s manifesto even began with a criticism of the Congress, though it had refrained from naming the BJP, mentioning only a "one party favors the pseudo ideology of Hindutva, without knowing the inclusiveness and plurality of Hindu Philosophy". If Congress wins the remaining four, the combine will have 115 seats, enough for a majority. He said he would meet the Governor along with state Congress President Dr. G Parameshwara.
There were reports that MLAs of the JD (S) and Congress would be lodged in tourist resorts to ward off threats of "poaching" by the BJP.