BS Yeddyurappa called to form Govt in Karnataka

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In the meanwhile, Congress and JD (S) leaders who also met Vala on Tuesday, handed over copies of the apex court's orders where coalition partners are allowed to form governments.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who led the Congress to a huge victory in 2013, winning 121 seats, was bullish ahead of results day. JD (S) did not fare that well.

However, minutes after the trends were telecast on TV channels, the two leaders patched up and posed for cameras together.

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The JD (S) and Congress said they will safeguard their MLAs from any attempt of poaching by the BJP, an exercise that has been titled "Operation Kamala".

Banerjee tweeted, "If the Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD (S), the result would have been different". The allegations were promptly dismissed by the BJP, with Union minister Prakash Javadekar dubbing them as "imaginary". Remember how Congress had cried murder of democracy in Goa and Manipur but had not been able to form their governments? And India's 2019 general election is largely expected to be less a national poll than an accretion of 29 state-wide polls. Key opposition parties rallied behind the Congress-JDS alliance as it concretised. The victory of Congress in Punjab was credited more to Amarinder Singh.

The Congress urged Chief Justice Dipak Misra to hold an urgent hearing on Wednesday night itself since Mr Yeddyurappa is due to take the oath as chief minister at 9 am on Thursday. The JD (S) won 37 seats and its all, the BSP 1. Mayawati, in fact, addressed four rallies jointly with JD (S) leaders during the campaign.

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The BJP has won 57 seats and is ahead in another 57 in the 224-seat assembly, according to the Election Commission. Gowda's son HD Kumaraswamy is its chief ministerial candidate. While the Congress-JD (S) alliance, which has a majority, is waiting for an invitation! The alliance now has enough seats to claim a majority stake in the Assembly seats and form the government, which looks like the most likely outcome now.

An insider said that it would be wrong to say that the issue backfired on the Congress, but its impact was clearly nullified by the counter campaign of followers of Veerashaiva seers as well as the BJP and the RSS that the "Congress is dividing Hindu society". Reportedly, similar sentiments were voiced by some Congress leaders as well.

Kumaraswamy formed govt with BJP support in 2008 but refused to step down and hand over cm post and govt to BJP mid way as per agreement made earlier. But the party high command is said to have applied brakes on the move and asked state leaders to wait till a clear message from them. (We) already complained to Lok Sabha Speaker, the Home Minister of India and the Karnataka IG and DG.

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