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Govt. formation in Karnataka is in limbo; Congress moves closer to JD(S)

Govt. formation in Karnataka is in limbo; Congress moves closer to JD(S)

 May 15, 2018

The government formation has turned into a tough battle in Karnataka as with the BJP after an initial flourish was nine short of achieving a simple majority.

Accepting the people's fractured mandate, the Congress on Tuesday decided to extend support to the Janata Dal (Secular) to form the next government in Karnataka. But BJP has not taken any decision yet. As the exit poll prediction, now the ball is in the JD(S) court and the Kumaraswamy has become the kingmaker. As Kumaraswamy is in Singapore, media could not be able to reach him. BJP has already sent three senior ministers to Karnataka to look into various possibilities of forming the government after emerging as the single largest party in the Karnataka assembly elections.

The BJP is likely to finish as the largest party with 104 seats with the party already winning 57 seats and leading in 47 others. The final Congress tally is likely to be 77 with the party already winning 30 seats and leading in 47 others. The JD (S) had won eleven seats and was leading in 27 others and would finish with a tally of 38 seats. The BSP, alliance partner of the JD(S) was leading in one constituency while an independent was also on the lead with Karnataka Pragnavantha Janata Party winning one.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Ghelot who flew from New Delhi had a meeting with senior State leaders, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC President G Parameshwara and Party Leader in the Lok Sabha later told newsmen that they had spoken to former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader H D Devegowda and JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy and extended support to them to form the government. Together they would call on the Governor this evening to convey the decision to him, Azad told newsmen. Thanking the people for their mandate, BJP Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa declined to comment stating that the party would wait for the final results. He said he would consult senior Party leaders.

Yeddyurappa said he was not concerned with the decision of either the Congress or the JD(S). (UNI)

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