The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The events in Karnataka point to the utterly opportunist role of the Bharatiya Janata Party which has shown that it is certainly a “party with a difference” in its greed for power. It threw democratic norms to the winds creating a drama of dharna before the Governor and parading its MLAs before the President, thereby going back on its own earlier demand for dissolution of the Assembly and early elections. In any case the outcome of the sordid developments is that Karnataka has been saved from the danger of a communal party heading a government.
The opportunist role of the Janata Dal (S) has certainly eroded its credibility. No quarter should be given to any attempt to cobble together a government. The only solution is to dissolve the House and announce early elections.