Hubballi: Congress Legislative Party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, predicting the outcome of the December 5 bypolls in Karnataka, said BJP is unlikely to win the required number of seats, and that the JD(S) won’t come to the rescue by supporting CM BS Yediyurappa. He also added that if the BJP does not get the numbers required, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has to resign.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, the former CM said, “As of now, BJP has 105 members in the Assembly, while it should have 113 members to get majority. If BJP fails to win eight out of 15 seats, Yediyurappa should resign.”

When asked about the BJP claiming it will get majority with rumours of support from HD Deve Gowda’s party, Siddaramaiah confidently said, the JD(S) won’t support BJP.

“I am sure that the JD(S) will not support BJP, as I know that party. I am of the feeling that midterm elections will happen, as the BJP government will fall after the bypolls. Yediyurappa is very disturbed now as he knows BJP would be defeated in the bypolls,” he said.

He added that though the BJP claims it will win all 15 seats, the situation on ground is very different. “The mid-term poll is inevitable. In case snap polls are held, the Congress will certainly win the majority.”

On his way to Yellapur for campaigning, Siddaramaiah told media persons on Monday that the Congress high command and legislature party would decide on who would be the CM, when Congress wins bypolls.

Siddaraiamaih said that he would complete campaigning in all districts by December 3.

Commenting on political developments in Maharashtra, Siddaramaiah said, “The BJP forming the government overnight, that too without majority, is nothing but murder of democracy.”