TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA THE NEW HOUSE THE TALLY BJP 104 (+65) Cong 78 (-43) JD(S)+ 38 (-2) Others 2 (-20) Total 222 JD(S)+ includes 1 BSP seat; gain/loss since 2013 in brackets, excluding R R Nagar (Cong) and Jayanagar (BJP) 8% 38% Others (-15) Cong (+1) JOURNALISM OF COURAGE KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTION Results are in, jury is out Hours after rout, Cong gets together with JD (S) to stake claim, single largest party BJP falls short DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA JOHNSONTA& MANOJCG VOTE SHARE 18% JD(S) [-2] BENGALURU,NEWDELHI, MAY15 36% BJP* (+16) * KJP, now back with BJP, polled 10% in 2013 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The Karnataka lesson for both BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR LATE NIGHT meetings, secret huddlesandthespotlightfirmly ontheBengaluruRajBhavanset thestageforwhatwillbeahectic week in Karnataka after no single party crossed the halfwaymarkinthestateelections, theresultsofwhichwasarollercoaster ride much of Tuesday. The BJP with 104 seats — eight short of a simple majority — emerged as the single largest party but the Congress, in the second position with 78 seats, moved quickly to extend support to JD(S) which, with 37 seats, staked claim to form the government. The Congress offered unconditional support to JD(S)leaderHDKumaraswamy andtheyapproachedGovernor Vajubhai Vala to let them form the new government. The BJP too approached the Governor, stating that it had emerged as the single largest party in the polls. But unlike 2008whenithad110seatsand rode to power after winning over five Independent MLAs, theBJPwasinabitof aspotthis time — the Others are only three including one from the BSP. Before meeting the Governor, Kumaraswamy CONTINUEDONPAGE2 2018 data crunch: Congress plus JD(S) could mean only Cong-JD(S) talks 6 Lok Sabha seats for BJP BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa meets Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala; JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy (second from left) with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad and outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah waiting to meet the Governor in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI BJP No. 1 but tables turned, its challenge: how to get the chair LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MAY 15 MORE THAN a year after the Assembly elections in Goa and Manipur where it formed governments despite not being the single largest party in the polls, the BJP Tuesday found the tables turned in Karnataka. Emerging as the single largest party but short of majority in the Karnataka House, the BJP was scrambling to plot a strategy by evening after the Congress,inthesecondposition, movedswiftlytoextendsupport to the JD(S) which staked claim to form the government — the Congress had cried “murder of democracy” after the BJP cobbled up post-poll coalitions in Manipur and Goa. Addressing party workers at BUSINESS AS USUAL INSIDE MANOJ C G BY UNNY NEW DELHI, MAY 15 ● Numbers boost BJP south march P7 the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Karnataka results was an “unparalleled and unprecedentedwin”and“Iwant toassurethepeopleof Karnataka CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 began Sunday, Opp weighed in after the defeat ● Lingayat sop fails to yield results P8 WHAT COURSE the CongressJD(S) coming together in Karnataka will take may not be clear yet but it’s becoming a test case for a larger Opposition alliance taking shape ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to counter the BJP. Hours after the two parties had decided to bury their electoralhatchet,topOpposition leaders Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury, K Chandrasekhar Rao and MayawatidialledJD(S)patriarch H D Deve Gowda asking him to remain committed to the secular cause. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, MAY 15 BOTHTHECongressandtheJD(S) appeared to brush aside their campaign bitterness to try and denypowertotheBJP.Sortingout their chemistry may be easier saidthandonebutit’stheirpolitical arithmetic that’s of serious electoral consequence to the BJP. A pooling of the votes secured by the Congress and JD(S) (and its pre-alliance partner BSP) suggests that the BJP could have been reduced to merely68Assemblyseatsif both EXPRESS NETWORK ● AT LEAST 18 KILLED AS FLYOVER COLLAPSES IN VARANASI 9 EXPLAINED What may guide the Governor’s decision these rivals had come together before the elections. And the coalition would have got 156. Given how this post-poll alliancebetweentheCongressand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 6
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