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May 16, 2018

BJP single largest party in Karnataka, Cong & JD(S) stitch alliance; both stake claim for govt

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Bengaluru: The BJP emerged as the single largest party on Tuesday, but fell 9 seats short of a majority in Karnataka where the Congress dramatically backed third-placed rival JD(S) for chief ministership in a post-poll alliance to keep the saffron party out of power.

All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

Elections were held for 222 seats on May 12 while polling for the remaining two will be held later.

Both sides rushed to meet Vala, their vehicles slowly cutting through the throngs of party workers and supporters assembled outside the Raj Bhavan gates, and staked claim to power.

reports iqbal singh ahluwalia

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