The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party but fell short of a majority in Karnataka assembly elections, where the counting of votes took place on Tuesday. In a dramatic turn of events, the Congress backed third-placed rival JD(S) for a post-poll alliance to keep the BJP party out of power. Both the sides have staked claim to form the government and all eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to invite BJP to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine.
Elections were held for 222 seats on May 12 while polling for the remaining two will be held later. The BJP bagged 104 seats, Congress notched 78 and the JD(S) secured 37 seats.
JD(S) state Chief H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday met Vala and submitted a letter seeking an opportunity to form the government. He was accompanied by Congress leaders including outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa also met the Governor and staked claim to form the government, slamming the move of the Congress-JDS combine as an attempt to come back to power through back door.
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