Have shown that Congress & JD(S) have a clear majority. Yeddyurappa is saying that BJP's single largest party, but single largest party doesn't necessarily form govt. I think Governor should invite the groups having the majority: Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress.
06: 45 PM
I thank my sisters & brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting BJP’s development agenda & making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute stupendous work of BJP Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock & worked for the party, tweets PM Modi.
05: 30 PM
Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly: BS Yeddyurappa.
05: 15 PM
It is upto the understanding of the Governor who he calls to form the government. It is upto him if he wants to call the single largest party or a coalition government: Subhash Kashyap, Constitutional expert.
05: 00 PM
I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5 pm. We should be forming the govt as we are the single largest party : BS Yeddyurappa
04: 30 PM
JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy seeks appointment from the Governor of Karnataka this evening, writes we have accepted Congress's support to form the Government.
03: 40 PM
JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. As per results, we're doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 pm today: Danish Ali, JD(S).
Shortly we will be knowing the final figures, then we'll decide the future plan. I don't want to talk about Congress or JD(S): BS Yeddyurappa, BJP.
02: 58 PM
The race for power in Karnataka has taken a new turn with the Congress making a decisive move to support a Janata Dal (S)-led government in the event of BJP failing to get absolute majority in the 224-house.
The Congress has given such a proposal before the JD (S) leadership and the latter is understood to have given their nod if party leader H D Kumaraswamy is made the chief minister. AICC general secretary in-charge K C Venugopal said that the party was ready to support a government led by Kumaraswamy.
The Congress is planning to provide outside support to the JD (S). A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of senior leaders held at the residence of chief minister Siddaramaiah. Senior leaders from the centre Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot are leading the discussions.
Siddaramaiah has confirmed the move at a press conference. He said that the move was intended to keep the BJP out of power in the state.
The senior JD (S) leaders are discussing the proposal at the house of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. Reports said that if the JD (S) leadership give their go ahead, a delegation of senior leaders of both the parties will meet Governor today itself and stake claim for forming the government.
The development has dampened the spirit in the BJP camp. The party, which led the race with lead in 115 seats at one time, saw the number dwindling to 105 seats by afternoon. The party, which has won 75 seats, needs 37 more seats to stake claim for the power.
The party has lead only in 30 seats. Even if the party win these it, it will still need seven more seats to get absolute majority. Though the independents have got lead in three seats, two are from the anti-BJP camp.
Congress Working Committee (CWC) member A K Antony said that the mandate in Karanta for an anti-BJP government in Karantaka. He said that the Congress had decided to support the JD (S) to implement the mandate of the people.
We accept the mandate of the people. We bow our heads to the verdict. We don’t have numbers to form govt. The Congress has offered to support JD(S) to form govt: G. Parameshwara, Congress.
01: 40 PM
As the BJP heads towards a possible victory in the Karnataka Elections 2018, party's general secretary Ram Madhav accredited the RSS cadres for enormously helping the party in Karnataka.
Many Congress people have won the election, you cannot write-off the Congress. It is, maybe, a set back for Congress, we will find out what is the cause of the setback: Karnataka Minister KJ George on Karnataka Election Results.
12: 43 PM
I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for this mandate. Also, credit goes to the hard work of PM Modi and Amit Shah ji, as well as state leadership,party workers and RSS cadre. BJP's southward march has begun: Ram Madhav,BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party has called its parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi to discuss the formation of government in Karnataka. The board is expected to give its stamp of approval to B S Yedyurappa as the chief minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah will be attending the meeting. The prime minister is also scheduled to address the party workers at the BJP headquarters in the evening.
Yedyurappa, who won the election from Shikaripura, will be leaving for Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the composition of the government and the date for the swearing-in with senior leaders. He has already stated that he will invite the prime minister for the swearing in.
The BJP is ahead in 112 seats as per the trends available at 12.30 pm. The Congress, which came to power in 2013 with 122 seats, is leading only in 70 seats. The Janata Dal (S) has lead in 38 seats.
Even though Congress has conceded defeat, it has the highest vote share of 37.8 per cent. The BJP vote share is 37.1 percent and the JD (S) 17.4 percent. The 2018 election had recorded the highest polling of 72.13 percent since 1952.
People of Karnataka want good governance, that is why they have chosen BJP. This is a big victory for the party. Congress is losing state after state & we are winning state after state: Prakash Javadekar, BJP Karnataka in-charge
Rahul Gandhi did his best, but it is we who have lost the elections. We, the local leadership, should have en-cashed it in a proper way & because of which we lost it: DK Shivkumar, Karnataka Minister on Karnataka Elections 2018.
People have rejected Siddaramaiah. He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk: GT Devegowda, JD(S) candidate who is leading over Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari by 17000 votes.
BJP has launched the process for forming a government in Karnataka with the party crossing the half-way mark by winning four seats and establishing leads in 117 seats. Party sources said Union Minister Prakash Javedkar has left for Bangalore to prepare the ground work.
He had met party president Amit Shah before leaving New Delhi.
Union Minister Sadananda Gowda has affirmed that B S Yedyurappa, who was projected as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, will head the government. Yeddyurappa is leading in the Shikaripura seat with a margin of over 12,000 votes.
Sadananda Gowda, a former chief minister, has ruled out the need for any alliance with JD (S) for his party to form the government. He has expressed the confidence that the party will be able to provide a stable government on its own in the state.
Meanwhile, reports said that chief minister Siddramaiah has lost the contest at Chamundeshwari. After trailing behind in the initial rounds, he has established lead over BJP candidate Sriramulu in Badami. JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy is ahead in both the seats he has contested.
The counting trends dashed the party’s hopes of emerging as a king maker in the state. According to the latest trends, the party is leading in 40 seats. The Congress tally of leads has come down to 59 as per trends available at 11 am.
BJP workers celebrate outside party office in Bangalore as trends show the party leading.
BJP gain upper hand with leads in 110 seats
BJP has crossed the 100-mark in the leads in the first two hours. According to the trends available at 10 am, the saffron party is surging ahead with leads in 107 of the 222 seats, in which the elections were held on May 12.
It’s bad news for Congress with its share in the leads sliding to 60 and chief minister Siddaramaiah, who was the party’s mascot in the election, trailing in both the seats he contested.
The JD (S), which was predicted to emerge as the king maker, is languishing with leads in 45 seats. If the trend continues, the BJP may be able to form the government without the JD (S) support. The number of seats to be won by the Independents will be crucial in such a scenario. So far only two independents have got lead.
The trends show that Siddaramaiah’s Lingayat card has boomeranged on the Congress. The BJP has been able to maintain its sway over its traditional Lingayat votes with the party gaining clear leads in most seats in the Lingayat belts.
The Congress is leading BJP in votes share as per the figures released by the Election Commission. The vote shares at 9.15 am are as follows:
INC - 41.1%, 1,59,081 votes
BJP - 40.7%, 1,57,565 votes
JD(S) - 12.9%, 49,843 votes
IND - 2.5%, 9,835 votes
SDPI - 0.4%, 1,659 votes
AIMEP - 0.4%, 1,538 votes
CPM - 0.3%, 1,197 votes
NOTA - 0.9%, 3,530 votes
JD (S) establish clear lead against Siddaramaiah at Chamundeshwari
After the fourth round of counting in Chamundeshwari, GT Deve Gowda has established in what appears to be an unassailable lead of 11,624 votes
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trails in Chamundeshwari and leads in Badami (9 AM)
While G T Deve Gowda of JD (S) has rattled Siddaramaiah with an initial lead at Chamundeshwari, the latter has pushed BJP candidate B Sreeramulu behind in Badami. BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yedyurappa and JD (S) leader K D Kumaraswamy are leading in their respective constituencies.
The early trend shows a neck and neck fight for power between the Congress and the BJP. As per the trend at 9 am, the BJP was leading in 82 seats and Congress in 76 seats while the JD (S) got lead in 25 seats.
The trends are likely to begin to trickle within an hour and the final verdict will be known by late evening. (8 AM)
Most exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly. Out of eight exit polls, six have predicted an upper hand to the BJP and the rest gave the Congress a clear edge. According to three polls, the BJP and the Congress might win enough seats to form the government on their own.
Janata Dal (S) led by H D Kumaraswamy will be the king maker if the prediction of majority of the exit polls comes true. Both the Congress and the BJP have already started wooing the party. The JD (S) is yet to make its stand clear.
The party is unlikely to support a coalition government under current chief minister Siddaramaiah. Reading the writing on the wall, the incumbent chief minister has already expressed his willingness to pave the way for a dalit leader acceptable to the JD (S).
Both the Congress and the BJP had run government with the support of the JD (S) in the past. A hung assembly in 2004 saw Congress forming the government under Dharam Singh with the JD (S) support.
However, the first coalition government in the state collapsed in January 2006 and the JD (S) formed a new government with the support of the BJP. The government lasted only 20 months.
The BJP, which had 77 MLAs, then withdrew support to the government when Kumaraswamy refused to hand over the chief minister’s gaddi to Yeddyurappa as per the power sharing agreement reached between the two.
The BJP is said to be ready to repeat the 2006 arrangement. The party has sent feelers to the JD (S) leadership for forging a coalition.
The moves will gain momentum by afternoon when a clear trend will become available.
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