The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Karnataka: Sordid Spectacle
The coming together again of the BJP and the JD(S) to stake the claim to form the government in Karnataka is a sordid spectacle. The rank opportunism of the Janata Dal (S) leadership and the unprincipled lust for power of the BJP have betrayed the aspirations of the people of Karnataka.
There is nothing to be gained from such an exercise. The only sensible and democratic way out is for the state to have fresh elections and a new mandate from the people.