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Karnataka Election Result 2018 updates: On first day as CM, BSY shakes up top bureaucracy, rejigs police force

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.

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Karnataka Election Result 2018 updates: On first day as CM, BSY shakes up top bureaucracy, rejigs police force

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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 Results 2018 Latest Updates: Congress and JD(S) are planning to move their MLAs out of BJP-ruled Karnataka, news report said. The reports also claimed that JD(S) is mulling to shift its MLAs to Congress-ruled Punjab while Congress' flock may be shifted to Kochi in Left-ruled Kerala.

After Congress' decision to stake claim to form a government in Goa, where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls held last year, the Rashtriya Janata Dal decided to a take a leaf out of this strategy and meet the governor of Bihar.

Speaking to the party workers after taking the oath of office, BS Yeddyurappa said that he doesn't need 15 days to prove his majority and appeared confident of winning the floor test. He also said that he was grateful to the people of Karnataka and the bJP leadership for supporting him.

In a fresh turn of events, the Congress has decided to retaliate in Goa, against the BJP's decision to defend the governor's decision to invite the single-largest party. The Goa Congress will belatedly parade its 16 MLAs outside the Raj Bhavan, demanding why a similar parameter was not adopted in Goa.

Speaking to CNN-News18 about the ongoing Congress-JD(S) protests, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said 'arrogant' Congress was not ready to accept people's mandate. "Congress' arrogance is such that they won't accept the people's candidate even after losing in Karnataka. This is not democracy. But what else can you expect from Rahul Gandhi," he said.

Slamming the governor's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka, lawyer Ram Jethmalani said it was a "stupid" decision and that it was an open invitation to indulge in horse-trading.

Offering a word of advice for the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati said the party shouldn't have called JD(S) BJP's 'B-team' during the campaign in Karnataka, which ended up dividing the Muslim vote in the state.

According to CNN-News18, both K Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu have offered to "shelter" the JD(S) MLAs. Meanwhile, the Left offered a "safe-house" to Congress MLAs in Kerala.

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday mentioned before CJI Bench of Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud his application for urgent hearing against the Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala for inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. The bench directed him to mention it on Friday before an appropriate bench.

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: 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 norning. This is a promise I made to the farmer community and I am delivering on thart promise now.

In a one-man Cabinet meeting, along with chief secretaries from various departments, newly inducted Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa announced a farm loan waiver of up to Rs 1 lakh, keeping in line his pre-poll promise.

"There is no option left with the BJP, but to indulge in horse trading," says former minister and KPCC working president, Dinesh Gundu Rao as suspense over Karnataka government formation continues with the Supreme Court posting the matter for hearing for Friday.

Reports emerged that two Congress MLAs were missing from the Eagleton resort. However, MLA UT Khader dismissed these claims and said the two MLAs are on their way. "All MLAs are in contact. The two MLAs who are not present here right now will come. I also just came back from Mangaluru," Khader told ANI.

Union minister Ananth Kumar said the Congress should be protesting against the top leaders in the party. "If Congress wants to protest, they must protest against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah," Kumar said after Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa was sworn-in.

Congress MLAs and leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah, gathered at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha to protest against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing in as chief minister of Karnataka.

Both BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday. However, Union ministers, JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Ananth Kumar were seen in attendance.

BJP's BS Yeddyurappa took over the chief ministerial reins for the third time amid loud cheers. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath.

Ahead of BJP's BS Yeddyurappa's oath taking ceremony, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted the BJP was making a mockery of the Constitution. "The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy," he tweeted.

The BJP legislative party leader, BS Yeddyurappa, is set to take oath as the chief minister of Karnataka at 9 am on Thursday after late-night drama at the Supreme Court. The apex court, on the Congress-JD(S) petition against the governor's decision to invite BJP to form the government, refused to order a stay on the swearing in ceremony.

Congress and JD(S) workers will protest outside the Raj Bhavan as BS Yedyyurappa is all set to take oath as the chief minister of Karnataka. Nearly 16,000 policemen hae been posted in the state capital to maintain law and order as all eyes are set on formation of government in Karnataka.

In its petition challenging the governor's decision to invite BJP to form the government in Karnataka despite not having the majority number of MLAs, the Congress and JD(S) said that in its hunger for power, the BJP used the governor's office and got invited itself from the governor.

The Supreme Court has asked the Attorney General and Mukul Rohatgi to produce the letter of 15 May, which BS Yeddyurappa had given to the Governor (Karnataka) Vajubhai Vala to prove the BJP has the numbers to form the Karnataka government.

The Supreme Court has refused to stop BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister at 9am on Thursday, but will hear the case again on Friday. The court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court.

During the overnight hearing by the three-judge bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, the letter of support from majority of MLAs submitted to the governor for forming the government had become a major sticking point. The Supreme Court said that it can't overturn the decision of the Governor without seeing on what basis the BJP had claimed to have the numbers. The apex court made it clear that it won't stay the swearing-in but it would be subject to outcome of the petition in the court on Friday.

The Congress-JDS had moved the court late on Wednesday night, seeking a stay on the swearing-in, calling it unconstitutional. It argued that the Governor should have invited the majority post-poll coalition of JDS-Congress first. The 15-day window given to BJP to prove its majority was also deliberated upon, but the court refused to modify it, for now.

Amid intense jockeying for power in Karnataka, the JD(S)-Congress combine's chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday claimed the BJP offered his MLAs Rs 100 crore in bribes to break ranks and back the BJP in government formation, a charge rejected by the saffron party.

A day after Karnataka delivered a split verdict in the Assembly polls, and the rival camps intensified efforts to outmanoeuvre each other in the race for forming the government, Kumaraswamy, who was elected the JD(S) legislature party leader, dropped the Rs 100 crore bribe bombshell.

As Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to form the government, Congress and JDS reacted strongly. Kumaraswamy said, "Governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional." While Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala  said, "The letter shows that even the governor doesn't believe they have the majority." He adds, "If two parties can't come together in a post-poll alliance, then how did you form a government in Manipur?"

"Our MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP to break away. I want to know whether this is black or white money," he told a press conference."The JD(S)-Congress combine has 116 MLAs (including JD(S) pre-poll ally the BSP)...the BJP is trying to misuse its power being at the Centre and form its government through horsetrading," he said.

Kumaraswamy said that though which party to invite first is the prerogative of the governor "without the numbers how can they (BJP) form the government". Replying to a question, he rejected outright the possibility of forming a coalition government with the BJP.

"I am going to meet the governor with the state Congress president and formally stake claim to form the government," he said. Union minister Prakash Javadekar promptly dismissed the JD(S) charge, calling it "imaginary".

"This (talk of) Rs 100 crore, Rs 200 crore is imaginary. The BJP is not doing this. We are not in the habit of practising horsetrading. This is the kind of politics JD(S) and Congress do. We are going by the rule book and we will form the government," Javadekar said.

The allegation was, however, repeated by outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah, who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horsetrading so the BJP returned to power.

"Narendra Modi is encouraging horsetrading. The governor has to give (the first) opportunity (for forming the government) to us," he told reporters.

When asked about reports that some of the 78 newly elected Congress MLAs skipped today's meeting of its legislature party, he said, "We are all united".

DK Shivakumar, the resourceful minister in the Siddaramaiah government who had hosted party lawmakers from Gujarat at a resort in Karnataka to prevent "poaching" by the BJP ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in that state, also claimed two MLAs who were reportedly missing were with the Congress.

"Nagendra and Anand Singh are in touch with us. All 78 MLAs are together. If we are not, people will beat us," he told India Today.

The newly elected MLAs of the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 224-member House, chose BS Yeddyurappa as their leader.

Immediately thereafter, Yeddyurappa made a dash for Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form the government.

"I requested Governor Vajubhai Vala to allow me to take oath as early as possible. We are 100 percent confident that he will take a decision immediately," he later told journalists.

Kumaraswamy, who has emerged the dark horse in the three-horse race with just 37 MLAs, was formally elected the leader of the JD(S) legislature party.

He said the Congress had extended unconditional support to the JD(S) for forming the government and "we will provide a stable rule for full five years".

Meanwhile, the newly elected Congress MLAs also met to discuss the strategy for government formation.

"We exchanged views on our strategy for forming the government," a party leader said after the meeting, and added the issue of electing the new leader of the Congress party legislature was not discussed.

With inputs from PTI

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