Alarm bells start ringing for Congress-JD(S) as five MLAs go missing

Yeddyurappa to be CM Congress lashes out approaches Supreme Court

BJP has historically had a much higher vote-to-seat conversion ratio in Karnataka, needing on average only 86,525 votes to win a seat as opposed to Congress's average of 1,13,642 votes per seat to win.

For Congress, Tuesday's step to form the JD (S)-Congress alliance was also to provide a major boost to its "sagging morale" ahead of state Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where the party sees an opportunity to upstage the BJP, and 2019 general elections. I have given the letter to the Governor & he will call me, that is what I am hoping. "We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately", he later told journalists. In 2006, he had joined hands with the BJP to form a coalition government in what is now referred to as 20:20 formula - for the number of months each party would head it. People want him to be the CM. "I have accepted the support extended by the Congress to form the Government", Kumaraswamy said. When asked about reports that some of the 78 newly elected Congress MLAs had skipped Wednesday's meeting of its legislature party, he said, "We are all united". However, the Congress party had been preparing for Plan B for several days towards the end of the campaign, with at least some leaders exploring the possibility of a Kumaraswamy led government in case their party failed to secure a majority.

First, BJP won more seats than Congress because its vote is more concentrated in specific regions. But none of our MLAs have gone and they all are intact.

The JD-S leader named Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for the offer as the BJP, he said, was desperate to form a government and deny the JD-S a chance to form a government with Congress' backing.

Responding to a question on how they realised their phones were being tapped, Shobha said, "We got to know from agencies".

It is now up to the Karnataka governor, Mr Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala - who was appointed by the BJP-ruled federal government in September 2014 - to invite either side to form the government.

All eyes on Governor, but isn't delaying decision also an "action"?

JD (S) accepted Congress' support, and even after coming in third, the party seemed set to make their chosen candidate, HD Kumaraswamy, the next chief minister of Karnataka. Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, suggesting that the Congress would have fared better with a pre-poll alliance with the JD (S), urged Deve Gowda to keep the BJP out of the state with the aid of Congress.

After a warm up meeting late on Tuesday evening between HD Deve Gowda and his son Kumarswamy, both parties nearly moved forward in tandem on Wednesday, calling a meeting of their legislative parties, ensuring they spoke in one voice while attacking the BJP. They said the Congress should take the lead in forging alliances, but without setting any condition.

Dalits have traditionally been supporters of the Congress but the BJP has successfully managed to break into the support bases, particularly since the 2004 polls when it managed a social engineering exercise to attract a section of Dalit voters - called the Left Dalits. "People are with us", he said.

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