TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA CHANGEINVOTESHARE 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) JD(S) [-2] Results in, verdict awaited KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2018 Hours after rout, Congress gets together with JD (S) to stake claim, single largest party BJP falls short of 112 majority; all eyes on Governor Vajubhai Vala who says will wait for EC count DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA JOHNSON T A & MANOJ C G VOTE SHARE 18% JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MAY 15 36% BJP (+16) 8 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 singlepartycrossedthehalf-way 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 unconditionalsupporttoJD(S)leaderH D Kumaraswamy and they approachedGovernorVajubhaiVala toformthenewgovernment.The BJPtooapproachedtheGovernor, statingthatithademergedasthe 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 of a spot this time — the Others are only three including one from the BSP. BeforemeetingtheGovernor, JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 No 1 but tables turned, BJP ‘explores all possibilities’ 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 give BJP big boost, P5 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 Cong-JD(S) talks began Sunday, Opp weighed in after the defeat ● Routed, Cong gets ally message, P6 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 dialed JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda asking him to remain committed to the secular cause. 2018 data crunch: Cong plus JD(S) means only 6 seats for BJP in Lok Sabha 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) (anditspre-alliancepartnerBSP) suggests that the BJP could have been reduced to merely 68 Assembly seats if both these ri- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur EXPRESS NETWORK ● AT LEAST 16 KILLED AS FLYOVER COLLAPSES IN VARANASI 7 EXPLAINED What may guide the Governor’s decision vals had come together before the elections. And the coalition would have got 156. Given how this post-poll alliancebetweentheCongressand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 4
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