Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

The BJP contends that it should be allowed to form the government as it is the single largest party. Polling for R R Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.

"The Karnataka election results are pretty much on expected lines", he said.

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. The JD (S) won 37 seats and its all, the BSP 1.

JDS Leader Kumaraswamy addresses the media.

As per the official results of the assembly elections put out by the Election Commission of India, the BJP won 104 of the 222 seats for which elections were held, while the Congress won 78, and the Janata Dal (Secular) and its ally Bahujan Samaj Party combined for 38 seats. He told me that he will take an appropriate decision.

Meanwhile Union minister Prakash Javadekar dismissed the accusation raised by JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy's that BJP was offering Rs 100 crore to lure its MLAs as "imaginary".

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"I invite you to form the government and be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka", said Vala in a letter to Yeddyurappa, released by the party's state unit here.

As the alliance was agreed upon, the Congress was asked to join the government and offered the post of Deputy Chief Minister and some ministers.

The ball now lies in the Governor's court. "He chose to serve his masters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rather then serve the Constitution", tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala", he said.

Bitter rivals in Bengal, the Left leaders and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, both backed the Congress-JD (S) alliance against the BJP. It is also leaning on the Sarkaria Commission (which dwelled on Centre-State relations) which says that the single largest party should be invited to form the government. One, he wants to go down in history as the BJP leader who spread the party in South India. "Everyone is Siddaramaiah. We are part of thr Congress, we are together", he said. While the Congress-JD (S) alliance, which has a majority, is waiting for an invitation! "It is our unanimous decision". The allegation was, however, repeated by outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah, who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horsetrading so the BJP returned to power. "Calling an immoral and illegal government to be sworn in as an illegitimate child can not sustain the scrutiny of the Constitution or the test of law", Mr Surjewala said at a press conference.

JD (S) second-in-command HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday questioned how the BJP could from government with just 104 MLAs and warned the saffron party against engaging in "Operation Kamala", a euphemism for poaching elected legislatives from rival parties to achieve majority in the house.

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