The Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 have proved to be one of the most dramatic elections ever and the suspense around the final verdict continues beyond the result day with BJP fell inches short with just eight seats, giving Congress-JDS to stitch together and form the HungNataka government with 117 seats. While the parties have stake claimed to form government, everyone awaits a word from the office of Governor Vajubhai Vala which will be declared at 11 AM today.
Karnataka elections’ result day was yesterday, but with the results throwing a fractured mandate has landed the state in hung result state with no clear majority to any party. BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats runs short of just 8 seats to form its own government. Getting a second chance to stop BJP from forming government, Congress with 78 seats and JDS with 37 seats were quick to stitch together in coalition and keep BJP at bay with 117 seats (with the support of 1 BSP and 1 Independent). Congress-JDS alliance combine stake claimed to form the government to the governor of Karnataka – a BJP-loyal Vajubhai Vala.
HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Siddaramaiah, met Governor Vajubhai Vala and staked claim to form government in the state. Adding to the existent drama, BJP led by BS Yeddyurappa, whose party emerged the single largest, too stake claimed formation of government and the governor granted BJP a chance to prove its majority in the state and form government. In fact, BJP flew five of its top leaders to Bengaluru including three cabinet ministers — Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and JP Nadda to help the party garner remaining numbers. BJP raced itself well ahead, but only to find the JDS-Congress coalition closer to the end-mark – winning.
The counting at 222 of 224 seats is complete and two of the remaining seats – RR Nagar and Jayanagar will have re-polls on May 28. The coalition spokesperson claims that the governor of state is bound to under the Constitution and legal provisions to invite the Congress-JDS coalition which holds clear majority of 117 seats and green flag them to form government. But as of now, everyone awaits the word from Raj Bhavan when Vajubhai Vala will convey his decision after the final results are formally notified on Wednesday 11 am – and end the hung-nataka with a final verdict. Rarely must have the governor of any state received so much of attention and such a powerful decision to make.