Although the BJP emerged as the single-largest party winning 104 seats, it fell short of 8 seats from the 112-halfway mark in the lower House, in which the Congress trailed behind with 78 wins and the regional outfit Janata Dal-S (JD-S) 37 seats. The counting of 222 constituency seats has been completed.
Kumaraswamy was elected as the leader of JD (S) legislature party on Wednesday morning. MLA R Shankar who had contested as an Independent candidate has officialy given his support to BJP, thus increasing BJP's tally to 105. If rumours are to be believed, it is already underway with BJP trying to coax half a dozen Lingayat MLAs from both Congress and JD (S) to liaise with them. In a special programme by News Nation, Watch Will the Karnataka Assembly Elections affect 2019 General Elections? Their desperation is clearly visible as leaders from Kashmir and West Bengal have sprung into action post the election results. "We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately", he later told journalists. In Karnataka, the Congress and JD (S) did not have a pre-poll alliance. We bow our heads to the verdict. "That's why the Karnataka government wants to tap our phones and listen to what we talk about the leaders and with our leaders", she added.
Several Congress leaders too claimed that the BJP had approached them to join their ranks and abstain from voting in the floor test. They have accepted our offer.
"We have all together discussed and decided this". Our decision is to support JD (S). We are going by the rules. A Congress party delegation led by G. Parameshwara was refused permission to meet the Governor in the afternoon.
Parameshwara said a copy of the resolution passed at the Congress Legislature Party was submitted to the Governor. "His statement last night made it very very clear, that the BJP will form government in Karnataka at any cost".
Karandlaje on Wednesday May 16 evening accused the Congress of playing dirty politics and tapping the phones of three BJP MPs.
A governor of an Indian state can exercise his discretion when no party manages to win the requisite number of seats on its own.
"Our majority is established".
The BJP bagged 104 seats, a gain of 64, while the Congress notched 78, a loss of 44 seats, though its vote share was almost two percentage points more than the BJP. Goa faced a hung assembly as no party managed to secure the needed 22 seats.
The Congress has termed the move to form a BJP government in Karnataka as "illegal and against the law and Constitution".
Yeddyurappa has been given 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house. Honourable Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath.
"BJP (leaders) are expert kidnappers". "I appeal to the president and PM Modi whether they are promoting horse trading?"