LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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% 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 Others (-15) Cong (+1) KARNATAKA JOHNSON T A & MANOJ C G VOTE SHARE BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MAY 15 18% JD(S) [-2] 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 huddles and the spotlight firmly on the Bengaluru Raj Bhavan set the stage for what will be a hectic week in Karnataka after no single party crossed the halfway mark in the state elections, the results of which was a rollercoaster 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) leader H D Kumaraswamy and they approached Governor 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 2008 when it had 110 seats and rode to power after winning over five Independent MLAs, the BJP was in a bit ofa spot this time — the Others are only three including one from the BSP. Before meeting the Governor, Kumaraswamy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 INSIDE BUSINESS AS USUAL MANOJ C G BY UNNY 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, in the second position, moved swiftly to extend support 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 began Sunday, Opp weighed in after the defeat NEW DELHI, MAY 15 ● Numbers boost BJP south march P6 the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Karnataka results was an “unparalleled and unprecedented win” and “I want to assure the people of Karnataka CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● Lingayat sop fails to yield results P7 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 electoral hatchet, top Opposition leaders Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury, K Chandrasekhar Rao and Mayawati dialled JD(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 BOTH THECongress and the JD(S) appeared to brush aside their campaign bitterness to try and deny power to the BJP. Sorting out their chemistry may be easier said than done but it’s their political 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 merely 68 Assembly seats if both EXPRESS NETWORK ● AT LEAST 18 KILLED AS FLYOVER COLLAPSES IN VARANASI 8 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 alliance between the Congress and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 12
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