BJP Falls Short Of Majority In Karnataka

5/16/2018 4:54:24 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

India's ruling party and the main opposition have both staked a claim to form a government in the southern state of Karnataka after local elections resulted in a hung assembly.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 104 of the 222 seats, but fell eight seats short of a majority needed to form a government.

India's main opposition Congress emerged as the second largest party with 78.. It promptly declared an alliance with the regional party, Janata Dal (S), which won 37 seats. Their combined total of 117 seats is enough to form a government.

Now all eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala, who will decide whom to invite to form the next government. BS Yeddyurappa, the prospective chief minister of the BJP, met the governor to stake his claim to power. But the Janata Dal (S) says it should be invited first on the ground that it and its ally, the Congress, have the majority needed.

The Congress is set to approach the Supreme Court if the governor invites the BJP, reported NDTV.

The Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has alleged that Rs 100 crore (more than $14.7 million) and cabinet positions were offered to members of his party by the BJP to side with them

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