A Day After Karnataka Results, Still No Clarity On Next Government

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The BJP cried foul and said it was the single largest party and had the right to be called first to form the government.

In its midnight legal push, the Congress and JD (S) approached the Supreme Court seeking an immediate intervention by the chief justice to stay the move, which it termed as an "encounter of the Constitution". However, the BJP, marched forward and crossed the 100-seats mark.

The Karnataka election results had on Tuesday thrown up a hung assembly.

The BSP had contested Karnataka polls in a pre-poll alliance with JD (S), putting up candidates in 20 seats. The party has offered unconditional support to a government headed by JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy.

The chief minister has also taken controversial decisions such as proposing a flag for the state and emphasising the use of the local Kannada language. Neither BJP nor Congress nor JD (S) have got numbers to form the government.

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The delegation led by JDS state unit chief H.D. Kumaraswamy and KPCC president G. Parameshwara met the Governor after both the parties held legislature party meetings earlier in the day. "The Congress has offered to support JD (S) to form government".

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". He was accompanied by Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi countered by saying the Court can't issue an injunction against the Governor. Kumaraswamy has been chosen as Assembly leader. The Congress with 78 and the JD (S) with 37 MLAs have made a post-poll alliance. 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).

The BJP's Chief Ministerial face, B.S. Yeddyurappa, on Wednesday staked claim to form the new government in Karnataka. It is believed that the party has deployed a helicopter in Bidar and Kalaburgi to trace its four MLAs who are not in touch with the party leadership. They said come to us and we'll give a ministry to you. "It is our unanimous decision". "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. Mocking at the "desperation of a defeated Congress" to support the JD (S) to form a coalition Government to keep the BJP out of power, BJP spokesman Shantaram said his party was open to an alliance with the JD (S) or seek its support to form the new Government.

Mr Siddaramaiah's administration has declared the community a separate religion and expects to split their vote as a result.

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