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Governor invites BJP to form government in Karnataka, take oath on Thursday

Governor invites BJP to form government in Karnataka, take oath on Thursday

On board a colourful jeep, on the last day of campaigning in his constituency Shikaripura, Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa had very confidently told ThePrint: "I will be sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka on 17 May". So though the Congress was the single largest party, the BJP managed support and reached the figure of 31 and could form the government in Manipur. Where is this black money coming from?

"We have extended our support to the JD-S to form the new government, with its state leader H.D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister". Replying to a question, he rejected outright the possibility of forming a coalition government with the BJP. When the Congress was in power at the Centre they did it in some states; and the BJP has followed in the footsteps of the "murderer of democracy" (their words).

In that case, they may need the support of JD (S). "This (talk of) Rs 100 crore, Rs 200 crore is imaginary". We are not in the habit of practising horsetrading.

In Karnataka, the combined vote share of Congress and JD-S now stands at 56.4%. "Let us all gather on this happy occasion", MLA Suresh Kumar said in a tweet.

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"We have no issue with the governor". When asked about reports that some of the 78 newly elected Congress MLAs had skipped Wednesday's meeting of its legislature party, he said, "We are all united".

As Trinamool Congress Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has put it, had the Congress and the JD (S) done a pre-poll alliance, they would have easily got a majority of the seats. "If we are not, people will beat us", he told TV channel India Today. In both states, the Congress emerged the single largest party but the BJP cobbled up alliances and was invited to form the government. These 115 MLAs would qualify as majority and when they stake the claim to form the government, it becomes the Governor's binding to do so. "I feel in a way I have caused damage to my father's secular identity", he said.

Singhvi said the party sought hearing on its petition challenging the governors decision tonight itself.

Yesterday's elections in Karnataka saw BJP bagging 104 seats of the 222 seats that went to polls. Congress MLAs were moved to Eagleton Golf Resort on the outskirts of Bengauru.

"Our Bureaus Amid dramatic allegations of MLAs being lured with "₹100-crore offers" and busloads of legislators staging sit-ins outside the Raj Bhavan, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited the BJP to form the government.