Yeddyurappa Stakes Claim to Form BJP Govt in Karnataka

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Gowda's son HD Kumaraswamy is its chief ministerial candidate. "Calling upon the single largest party is at the end of the line when it comes to discretion of the governor", said Singhvi.

"In a post alliance of JDS and Congress and our pre-alliance with BSP, we all together have 117 MLAs and the letter of their support has been given to Governor", Kumaraswamy told reporters after the meeting.

In a bid to shield their MLAs from switching over to the other side, the Congress party has huddled its MLAs in a hotel in Bengaluru. Addressing the media, party chief HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of offering huge bribes to JD (S) lawmakers, including a 100-crore rupee bribe and berths in the cabinet. "That's why the Karnataka government wants to tap our phones and listen to what we talk about the leaders and with our leaders", she added. This majority is a tricky issue and it is for this reason that though the Congress was the single largest party both in Goa and Manipur, it could not form its government, since though it was the largest, it did not have the majority. ECI took this decision after more than 9,700 voter id cards were seized from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar area just two days prior to the election.

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The bench, headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, also sought the letter Yeddyurappa wrote to the Governor on Wednesday informing him his election as the Bharatiya Janata Party's legislature party leader in Karnataka. The BJP is defending the Lok Sabha seat against a formidable coalition of smaller/regional parties - Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal - supported by the Congress. However, at the time of going to press, there has been no official communication from the Governor's office. INC did manage to get the highest vote share with 38% of total votes, closely followed by BJP. "If you try such things, we will bring twice the numbers of your MLAs into our fold". He suggested that the Congress should ally with regional parties, allowing them a greater share in their States in return for a larger share of seats at the Centre. While in Bombay Karnataka, the BJP won 30 of the 50 seats, reducing the Congress tally to 17, from 31 in 2013, in Central Karnataka out of 36 seats, the BJP increased its tally from three to 15 even as the Congress dropped from 19 to 13. D K 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. We have complained to the Home Minister, IG and DG", Shobha said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Karnataka BJP tweeted about the swearing-in but deleted it later.

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