Karnataka elections 2018: More votes, fewer seats - how?

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While the JD (S) finished third, and won fewer seats than it did in 2013, the Congress performed even worse: It ended up with 40 percent fewer seats than it did in 2013.

The governor plays a similar role in the states. JD (S) and Congress leaders have staged protests across the state.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112.

Karnataka has 224 assembly seats but voting was held for 222.

Confirming that he had received offers from Congress as well as BJP, Kumaraswamy said his decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005 had put a black spot on HD Devegowda's career. But, in the case of a single largest party having the simple majority, the Governor is expected to invite the leader of that party, keeping even a post-alliance arrangement aside, despite its majority.

JDS (Janatha Dhal Secular) has shown its support for Congress in forming government.

Alok was alluding to a Gandhi statement in Delhi where the Congress leader recounted an incident involving a near-death experience when the plane he was flying from Delhi to Karnataka suddenly dipped almost 8,000 feet giving the scare of his life.

Congress leaders said the party, by extending support to JD (S), although belatedly, was sending out a message of flexibility.

Allegations and counter allegations notwithstanding, Kumaraswamy asserted that he would form the next government in Karnataka with Congress support. While Azad then spoke to Sonia about the prospective alliance, Mayawati called up JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda and convinced him. Read Also: A wave that clears the coastHowever, highly placed sources studying constitutional options in Karnataka told Mirror that the biggest hitch the BJP in Karnataka is facing is that if Governor Vala invites the BJP, it would be in clear violation of the SR Bommai judgement.

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The letter we've received from the Governor has directed us to prove our majority within 15 days of assuming the office, he added.

He said that he has not come before the court in favour or against any party but has been hurt over the unconstitutional decision taken by the Governor.

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". "Otherwise, BJP would not cross 80 seats", he said.

The JD-S and Congress together have the required majority to form the government, he said.

Earlier in the evening, Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath as chief minister tomorrow. He, however, managed to scrape through in Badami in north Karnataka, where he won by a slender margin of 1,696 votes after a see-saw battle against BJP's B Sriramulu.

It is important to analyse if what the Karnataka governor has done is rational and fair and not arbitrary and malafide.

"The regional parties are clear", an opposition leader said.

Singhvi responded, "It is not like restraining the Governor, who only acted in pursuance of the BJP letter".

Analysts have highlighted the personal role of Modi in swaying the Karnataka electorate and taking the BJP to the verge of a historic swing.

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