After marathon midnight hearing, Supreme Court says no stay on Yeddyurappa swearing in

The results of Karnataka Assembly polls must have come as a disappointment for Congress and its ambitions for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but it can take some solace from the fact that it was able to deny BJP an outright victory in the crucial southern state

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After marathon midnight hearing, Supreme Court says no stay on Yeddyurappa swearing in

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21:44 (ist)

On first day as CM, BSY shakes up top bureaucracy, rejigs police force

The newly sworn-in Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is busy reshuffling the state's top bureaucracy, even as the Opposition Congress called him one-day CM.

Yeddyurappa appointed M Lakshminarayana, who was the additional chief secretary of public works department, as the additional chief secretary to the chief minister, while making his position equivalent to the additional chief secretary in the home department.

communique from Raj Bhavan appointed Prabhuling K Navadgi as the new Advocate General for the state of Karnataka in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has resigned from the post.

Moreover, the top reshuffle included the transfers of senior police officers and the additional chief secretary to the chief minister. Bengaluru's ADG (Railways) AK Pandey was posted as ADG (Intelligence). S Patil, DIG (Karnataka State Reserve Police) was posted as DIG (Intelligence). Bidar SP D Devaraja was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Bengaluru (Central Division). SP (ACB) Bengaluru S Girish was posted as Deputy Commissioner Bengaluru (NE Division), ANI reported. 

17:34 (ist)

Opposition sharpens attack against BJP, Tejashwi Yadav appeals to regional parties to unite against BJP

Tejashwi Yadav has appealed to the leaders of non- NDA parties to rally up against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. He urged the NDA allies to part ways with 'dictator' BJP. Tejashwi also said that he is ready to take the fight to the roads of Bengaluru and protest in Karnataka. 

"Karnataka south me nahi balki bharat me hai. Hum to agar zarurat padi to jake Bengaluru ki sadko pe bhi dharna dene ko taiyar hain. Baat ye hai ya to Karnataka me jo BJP vale kiye hain vo galat hai ya jo Bihar me kiye the vo galath tha. Agar Karnataka sahi hai to fir Bihar sahi nahi ho sakta," Tejashwi said. 

11:44 (ist)

Listen to your inner voice and then vote during trust vote: BS Yeddyurappa

Newly-sworn-in Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa addressed the media today. One of the first decisions that Yeddyurappa took as part of the one-man Cabinet was to waive off farm loans for 1 lakh farmers. Addressing the media, Yeddyurappa said:

"I have accepted the position of the chief minister for the third time and I thank the populace of Karnataka for giving me the opportunity. I am hundred percent confident that I will prove majority. Those who wish that this BJP government shouldn't work, I ask them to support us. 

During the course of the presidential election, Indira Gandhi didn't have majority. She requested people to listen to their inner conscience. I'm fully confident that MLAs will ask their inner voice who this mandate was for and depending on that they will cast vote and chose sides. 

On this occasion, I would like to say one thing, till the trust vote is over I don't want to talk about any issue for all the people of the state, party workers, leaders and especially Narendra Modi and Amit Shah — I am indebted and I express thanks to them. 

The moment I became the chief minister, I have decided to waive farm loans for 1 lakh farmers. And this is also for cooperative farm loans. I met with chief secretary Ratan Prabha and important points will be looked at. It will be finalised today or tomorrow morning. This is a promise I made to the farmer community and I am delivering on thart promise now."

06:42 (ist)

Grounds on which Congress-JD(S) challenged BJP in its primary petition

Some of the grounds on which the Congress-JD(S) coalition approached the Supreme Court are as follows, as per Bar and Bench:

- "The impugned action/decision of the Hon’ble Governor dated  15.05.2018 in inviting B.S. Yeddyurappa, of Bharatiya Janata Party to be appointed as the Chief Minister of Karnataka and to form the Government by proving his majority within 15 days is unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal and violative of Article 14.

- The decision of the Governor flies in the face of the well-established constitutional convention that the Governor is Constitutionally obliged to invite the party/alliance of parties which has ex-facie demonstrated to the Governor that the said party/alliance of parties enjoys the support of the majority of the Legislators.

- The post-poll alliance between the INC and the JD(S) has 116 seats, and 2 independent MLA’s have also offered support to the coalition of the JD(s) and INC and therefore legislators supporting the alliance is 118…It was therefore incumbent upon the Hon’ble Governor to invite the post-poll alliance of JD(s) and INC to form the Government and direct them to prove the majority in the floor of the house."

14:19 (ist)

BJP and its theory of convenience

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is going to lead the charge of Congress leaders in Supreme Court, quoted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from 2017 when the BJP was where the JD(S)-Congress combine is today. The Karnataka Assembly election has revived last year's debate of single largest party versus combination with majority support.

Quite contrary to the BJP's stand during Karnataka elections this year, Jaitley in 2017 had said, "The debate between the largest single party lacking majority versus a combination of parties constituting a majority was answered by the former President Shri KR Narayanan in his communiqué in March, 1998 when he invited Atal Bihari Vajpayee to form the government. The president had said 'when no party or pre-election alliance of parties is in a clear majority, the Head of State has in India or elsewhere, given the first opportunity to the leader of the party or combination of parties that has won largest number of seats subject to the prime ministers so appointed obtaining majority support on the floor of the house within a stipulated time'."

Commenting on the Goa polls last year, Jaitley wrote: "Obviously in a hung Assembly post-poll alliances will be formed. The BJP managed to form an alliance and presented to the Governor 21 out of 40 MLAs. They appeared before the governor in person and submitted a letter of support. The Congress did not even submit a claim to the governor. It had only the support of 17 MLAs."

12:59 (ist)

There's no plan to take my MLAs to a resort, but if BJP starts to indulge in horse trading, I'll have to protect my MLAs' interest: Kumaraswamy

"This is what BJP did in Meghalaya and Goa. This is the precedent that the BJP has set in those states, this shows the extent to which BJP cares about democracy. in 2008, Rs 25 to Rs 30 crore was ferried in ambulances and distributed as part of BJP's horse trading. People of the state must reflect on these develop while assessing BJP's stature. Some of my party leaders have been offered upto Rs 100 crore and position in Cabinet by the BJP. This is the prime minister who offered Rs 15 lakh to the poor which the prime minister has claimed came from the black money. Is this endorsement of horse trading or democracy, governor should be asked. 

It saddens me that I wont be the chief minister of a majority party but we should fight for democracy no matter what. In the past, I have joined hands with BJP in 2006 for the survival of the party and nothing else. MLAs have offers from both sides but I would like to undo the "black mark" that tarred my party and my name when I went against my father's wishes in 2006. 

If you try an attempt another Operation Lotus in Karnataka it will boomerang. If this happens there are 10-15 BJP members, who are willing to join JD(S). At this time, there is no plan to take my MLAs to a resort. But if the BJP starts to indulge in horse trading, I will have to protect my MLAs' interest. We will take twice the number of MLAs from BJP. I am also appealing to the governor to not enable something like this."

12:50 (ist)

Fallacy to believe that BJP got 104 seats in Karnataka because of Narendra Modi: HD Kumaraswamy

"Before I address the media, I would like to thank voters of Karnataka and JD(S), BSP workers for the work they have put into the campaign. This is not a result that has brought joy to anyone. But I fear this is not a vote for the development of the state. However, it's not the voters who should be blamed but there has been several attempts made to derail the manner in which JD(S) functions and distract JD(S) from coming to power and this was perpetrated by nefarious elements and as a result of which we have a broken mandate.


The 104 seats that BJP won is not because the voters wanted to bring them to power but because there was a division in the secular vote. It is a fallacy to believe that the BJP reached 104 seats because of Narendra Modi's stature. People who think this are delusional. BJP, I  believe, they wouldn't have crossed 80 seats if these forces weren't at play. Modi, who lectures the nation and who occupies respected post of the Prime Minister, should take note of this. It's ill-advised for BJP to stake claim to form government in Karnataka. 

Congress has extended support by way of the letter to Governor and National President of JD(S). Although Congress has greater number of seats, I am grateful that they have extended support. If there is a perception that this (coalition with Congress) is a hasty move, those who believe this should quickly change thir mind because that's not the intention.

On one hand, you have the BJP who is in haste to grab power. They have 104 seats, they need 8 more. However Congress and JD(S)have 116 specifically we have a lead of 4 MLAS. A few former chief ministers of Congress and leaders of that party have brought this to the attention of the Governor."

10:40 (ist)

Defeat despite spirited campaign shows Congress needs better grassroots connectivity

A leader is nothing without a robust grassroots organisation. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi ought to revive the Seva Dal and other frontal organisations of the party to take on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). It's the grassroots network that ensures the BJP under Modi can win election after election. Unlike the Congress of today, the BJP has a strong and committed cadre at the grassroots — who act as the party's foot soldiers and ensure victory. The RSS and its affiliated bodies work silently at the ground level for years, not just before an election.

06:45 (ist)

Congress reached out to JD(S) three days ago

As much as the Congress asserted that they would form government on their own, doubts crept into their mind on voting day, after exit polls predicted BJP getting more seats. It was then, three days ago, when the party dialed up JD(S) spokesperson Danish Ali, reported NDTV. Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was at the other end of the line. The two leaders met in Delhi and discussed the various outcomes and possibilities. "We did our homework," Ali said, adding he updated HD Kumaraswamy about the talks late on Monday night.

The deal was sealed after UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi called up JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, a move reminiscent of how the Congress-JD(S) alliance was formed in 2004. 

05:57 (ist)

JD(S), Congress MLAs to meet today

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah said: "I have called for a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). Newly elected Congress and JD(S) MLAs will be there. We are supporting JD(S) to form government and have sent this resolution to the governor. The Supreme Court said after Goa election that the group having more seats than required are invited. We have 117 seats."

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May 17, 2018 - 22:35 (IST)

BJP can't use two rules for one game, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

May 17, 2018 - 22:33 (IST)

Congress playing dangerous politics, says Prakash Javadekar

"The Congress party is playing the politics of fear as they have kept their MLAs captive in a resort. Their mobile phones have been taken away from them and they are not even allowed to watch news or contact their families. They have been completely cut off from the world. This is not resort politics, this is a very dangerous form of politics," BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. 

May 17, 2018 - 22:27 (IST)

Congress confirms MLAs being shifted out of Karnataka, refuses to divulge details

Amid rising speculation that whether the Congress and JD(S) were planning to move their MLAs out of Karnataka, Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy confirmed that the MLAs indeed would be moved out of Bengaluru tonight. 

"We will be shifted today. We will tell you more details later. JD(S) MLAs are not coming along. The place has not been decided yet," Reddy said.  

May 17, 2018 - 22:24 (IST)

Can prove majority tomorrow if given a chance, says Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav, who has sharpened up the attack against the BJP in Bihar, told CNN-News18 that he was confident of proving a majority, if given a chance of floor test tomorrow. He said that several ruling parties' MLAs were upset with the government and may vote for the Mahagathbandhan, while several others have already defected from BJP or JD(S) and joined the RJD. 

"I have got an appointment with the governor at 1 pm tomorrow and I’ll be going with Congress supporters as well. We will provide the letter of support to governor and stake a claim to form the government," he said. 

May 17, 2018 - 22:18 (IST)

Governor of Goa made a mistake in 2017 which needs correction, says Congress

Goa Congress chief Chella Kumar, speaking to ANI said that in the Constitution similar rules were laid out for both Goa and Karnataka. "Though governor committed a mistake in 2017, she has the chance to rectify it now. We're confident. Governor has given us time for 11.30 am tomorrow. I'll go with MLAs to meet her and stake our claim to form government," Kumar said. 

May 17, 2018 - 21:48 (IST)

Amid fears of poaching, horse trading, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda dials up Rahul Gandhi

National president of JD(S) HD Deve Gowda had a telephonic conversation with Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the current political situation in the state of Karnataka, ANI reported. 

May 17, 2018 - 21:44 (IST)

On first day as CM, BSY shakes up top bureaucracy, rejigs police force

The newly sworn-in Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is busy reshuffling the state's top bureaucracy, even as the Opposition Congress called him one-day CM.

Yeddyurappa appointed M Lakshminarayana, who was the additional chief secretary of public works department, as the additional chief secretary to the chief minister, while making his position equivalent to the additional chief secretary in the home department.

communique from Raj Bhavan appointed Prabhuling K Navadgi as the new Advocate General for the state of Karnataka in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has resigned from the post.

Moreover, the top reshuffle included the transfers of senior police officers and the additional chief secretary to the chief minister. Bengaluru's ADG (Railways) AK Pandey was posted as ADG (Intelligence). S Patil, DIG (Karnataka State Reserve Police) was posted as DIG (Intelligence). Bidar SP D Devaraja was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Bengaluru (Central Division). SP (ACB) Bengaluru S Girish was posted as Deputy Commissioner Bengaluru (NE Division), ANI reported. 

May 17, 2018 - 20:19 (IST)

Congress says decision on shifting MLAs outside Bengaluru not yet taken

"We are not leaving now. There is a meeting at 7.30 pm after that we will decide," said ST Somashekhar of Congress on a question if party MLAs are being shifted from Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru to some other place. 

May 17, 2018 - 20:01 (IST)

Everything BJP did in Karnataka was by the rule book, claims Prakash Javadekar

"Whatever BJP has done in Karnataka is in accordance with the rule book. Congress is ill informed and as a result is making these funny claims. They don't have faith on their MLAs as they have held them captive in a resort. JD(S) and Congress are scared after being exposed," Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. 

May 17, 2018 - 19:57 (IST)

The rise of Yeddyurappa as BJP's mascot in south India 

The rise of Yeddyurappa, 75, to the top executive post from the ranks of being an ordinary activist in the right-wing Hindu organisation -- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has been anything but smooth, as controversies dogged him throughout his five-decade-old political career.

When fortune favoured him to become the Chief Minister for the first time in October 2007 in the BJP-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition government, he lasted in the post for over a month, as the regional party (JD-S) withdrew support, resulting in its fall in November 2007.

Yeddyurappa became Chief Minister for the second time after the BJP came to power for the first time in south India on its own in the May 2008 mid-term assembly election, riding on a sympathy wave over the JD-S betrayal.

Karnataka Election Result 2018 LIVE updates: The BJP has tweeted yet again that BS Yeddyurappa will take the oath of office tomorrow at 9.00 am. The party claims that the governor has officially invited it to form a government.

Over twenty four hours after the Karnataka verdict came out, there is still no clarity over what is happening in the state. After an election that threw up a hung House, news channels are reporting that the governor has picked BJP at 104 to form government despite JD(S) and Congress parading 117 MLAs. However, Raj Bhawan has refused to corroborate and the BJP too seems to have jumped the gun, which has retracted a tweet claiming that BSY will take oath of office tomorrow.

The action is back in Bengalurur's Raj Bhavan as most news channels speculate that the governor may invite BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form the government tonight. Reports also claimed that the governor reached to the conclusion after consulting several legal experts including former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi. BJP sources further claimed that Yeddyurappa is all set to take oath tomorrow afternoon at 12.20 pm, a timing arrived at after due consultations from astrologers, news reports said.

The elected leader of JD(S), Congress alliance HD Kumaraswamy met the governor at his residence in Bengaluru. He said that he has submitted letters of support from 117 MLAs to the governor as he hoped that he will go by the Constitution. Kumaraswamy also said that the governor has assured him that he is consulting legal experts on the issue and will convey his decision to both parties.

Political allegations are flying thick and fast as intense jockeying happens in Karnataka to grab power. In a latest, BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje alleged that phones of senior BJP leaders are being tapped. They claimed that the outgoing Congress government is misusing the state machinery to snoop into their conversations.

The JD(S) and Congress MLAs are being moved to the Eagleton resort in the outskirts of Bengaluru until a formal decision from the Rajya Sabha comes. The legislators are being kept incommunicado to ensure they are not influenced or lured by the BJP. HD Kumaraswamy leads delegation to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm.

According to various media reports, the Raj Bhawan is likely to formally invite BS Yeddyurappa to form a government at 6pm. Raj Bhawan sources told CNN-News18 that the governor is going by the Constitutional interpretation that the single largest party must first be given a chance.

Following claims of BJP trying to poach MLAs, Congress and JD(S) have both asked their MLAs to sign a letter of support in favour of HD Kumaraswamy. Speaking to reporters, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they are still waiting for an appointment from the Raj Bhawan.

HD Kumaraswamy is set to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan shortly. He has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs today. The JD(S) accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs today. He also condemned PM Narendra Modi for saying the BJP will rule Karnataka even without the requisite numbers. Just a short while ago, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

Kumaraswamy has been elected the House leader in JD(S) Legislature Party meeting. Addressing a press briefing, he says the BJP got 104 seats by “dividing secular votes”. He has condemned PM Narendra Modi for saying the BJP will rule Karnataka even without the requisite numbers. Just a short while ago, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

BS Yeddyurappa has submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Addressing the media while leaving the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Yeddyurappa said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress and JD(S) are also holding meetings with their respective MLAs and have readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts and have alleged attempts by the BJP to poach at least five MLAs. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

BS Yeddyurappa has reached the Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala and to stake claim to form the Karnataka government. He was elected the House leader at BJP’s Legislature Party meeting in Bengaluru a short while ago. Yeddyurappa will reportedly seek time to be sworn-in as CM tomorrow. The Congress and JD(S) are also holding meetings with their respective MLAs and have readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts and have alleged attempts by the BJP to poach at least five MLAs. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

BJP's pre-poll chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is confident of defeating the Congress-JD(S) alliance, telling media outlets that he will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Union minister and Karnataka campaign in-charge Prakash Javadekar called the Congress and JD(S) alliance a "marriage of convenience". "People of Karnataka have rejected the Congress. Their attempts to come to power through backdoor means is not appreciated by the people. It (JDS-Congress alliance) is a marriage of convenience," he said.

According to CNN-News18, Congress president spoke to Ghulam Nabi Azad and asked him to put up a full fight. The Congress, reportedly, will make it a legal fight if Governor Vajubhai Vala calls the BJP first.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar confirmed there was a plan to move the MLAs to a resort after the legislative party meeting. "Entire country is looking at this. Yes, there is a plan to shift MLAs to a resort. We have to safeguard our MLAs," he said.

Congress MLA DK Shivakumar told reporters on Tuesday that the BJP was trying to poach the party MLAs. "They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that," he said.

Speaking to ANI, senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said the party will definitely form the government in Karnataka. "There is no doubt we will form govt, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day," he said.

The BJP high-command has reportedly asked the Reddy brothers to mobilise MLAs in view of the possibility of a trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly. Janardhana Reddy, along with B Sreeramulu, is said to be in touch with JD(S) and Congress MLAs, reported News18.

According to CNN-News18, the JD(S) legislative party meeting is set to take place at around 9-9.30 am at the hotel. The Congress is likely to hold a meeting at 8:30 am and later meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bahavan. Meanwhile, the governor's office is tight lipped about who he will meet on Tuesday.

After quite an eventful counting day on Tuesday, the focus will now shift to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala over who he will invite to form the next government. Both Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy (Congress-JDS combine) met the governor on Tuesday evening, claiming their stakes to form the new government.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah said: "I have called for a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). Newly elected Congress and JD(S) MLAs will be there. We are supporting JD(S) to form government and have sent this resolution to the governor. The Supreme Court said after Goa election that the group having more seats than required are invited. We have 117 seats."

As much as the Congress asserted that they would form government on their own, doubts crept into their mind on voting day, after exit polls predicted BJP getting more seats. It was then, three days ago, when the party dialed up JD(S) spokesperson Danish Ali, reported NDTV. Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was at the other end of the line. The two leaders met in Delhi and discussed the various outcomes and possibilities.

The BJP legislative party meeting is set to take place at 10.30 am on Wednesday. "I am going to be elected as party leader. After that all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form government. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides," declared the saffron party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.

The results of Karnataka Assembly polls must have come as a disappointment for the Congress and its ambitions for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but it can take some solace from the fact that it was, at least for the moment, able to deny the Bharatiya Janata Party an outright victory in the crucial southern state.

After marathon midnight hearing Supreme Court says no stay on Yeddyurappa swearing in

A four-member delegation of BJP leaders led by state unit President BS Yeddyurappa meet Governor Vajubhai Vala. Image courtesy: BJP

Learning from their past mistakes, the Congress on Tuesday moved swiftly to remain in the game as it extended support to JD(S) to form a government in Karnataka after the BJP failed to get a simple majority.

The move is seen as an attempt by the Congress to save yet another state from slipping out of its grasp. The Congress currently rules Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry.

Unlike in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the Congress failed to form its government despite being the single largest party, it quickly forged a post-poll alliance with the JD(S) in Karnataka and offered its support to the Deve Gowda outfit.

The attempt is also a bid to salvage its position in Karnataka, where the party's tally fell from 122 in 2013 to 78 and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lost from one of the two seats he contested.

The move will also help bolster the party's attempt to remain centre stage of a larger Opposition alliance against the Narendra Modi juggernaut in its bid to defeat the BJP.

On the other hand, the BJP may have fallen short of the majority mark in Karnataka, but its emergence as the single largest party — 0leaving the Congress far behind — reaffirmed its dominant position on the country's political map.

The saffron show in Karnataka will give a fresh impetus to the party's bid to expand its footprints in southern states especially Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, before the next Lok Sabha polls.

However, with both the Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP deciding to stake claim before the governor to form the government, it was not clear if Karnataka would become the latest state to turn saffron.

With inputs from agencies

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