KCR and Chandrababu's phone calls to Sonia Gandhia behind Congress JDS Alliance

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Bangalore on May 8 ahead of the Karnataka state election

KCR and Chandrababu's phone calls to Sonia Gandhia behind Congress JDS Alliance

"We will discuss the future plan", JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said.

Srikanth Iyer, chief executive of online furniture and design firm HomeLane, said he prefers a stable government for the next five years without having to deal with a hung assembly.

Yeddyurappa took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday at 9 a.m.at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security. They are levelling baseless charges against BJP.

"We had to be ready for any eventuality".

The point is, opposition parties are forming a post-election alliance to form the next government in Karnataka. Meanwhile, we fared well. We have our numbers, not not even a single member has moved out.

The polls are seen as a bellwether of 2019 general elections.

Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also hit out at Vala, accusing him of denigrating the governor's office, trampling upon Constitution and abusing law and acting like a "BJP puppet". Vala has decades of experience of India's political scenario, having had an illustrious career in Gujarat's BJP leadership.

"Governor said he will decide about considering our claim in accordance with the Constitution".

In a bid to shield their MLAs from switching over to the other side, the Congress party has huddled its MLAs in a hotel in Bengaluru.

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President H.D. Kumaraswamy speaks to media after the legislative party meeting in Bangalore on Wednesday.

This is despite Congress and the JD (S) having bitterly fought against each other in Sunday's election. "It is our unanimous decision".

Mayawati also tied up with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and backed its candidate in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-election in which they managed to defeat the BJP in its chief minister Yogi Adityanath's home turf. "That's why the Karnataka government wants to tap our phones and listen to what we talk about the leaders and with our leaders", she added.

This refers to "Three Karnataka lessons for national politics" (May 16).

"The Congress is trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door". They will definitely be punished for this by the people of Karnataka. The JD (S), which was expected to be the kingmaker until yesterday, looked on its way to become the king with Congress party offering JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy the post of Chief Minister. The Congress-JD (S) combine has submitted a list of 117 MLA-elects supporting it, to the governor. I have given the letter to the Governor and he would call me.

While BJP claims to have the support of 4 MLAs from Congress, it still needs to get four more MLAs.

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. That will be a big loss for BJP, which had won 17 seats from the southern state in 2014. The JD (S) secured 37 seats, down by three from its previous tally.

The decision as to who would be invited to form government rests with Governor Vajubhai Vala, and there have been precedents for both options in the past. "We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 PM today". First, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), which were believed to be sworn enemies, combined in a twinkling of an eye to stake claim to power; and then, the single largest party the BJP, despite being well short of a majority, started misusing its powers to grab power.

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