Karnataka Election Results 2018 Live Updates: As Bharatiya Janata Party failed to reach the majority mark (112) in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, Congress has announced support to Janata Dal Secular (JDS). Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, ”We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together.”
Karnataka (222 out of 224 seats)
Party won Leading Total
BJP 88 16 104
Congress 66 12 78
Janata Dal (Secular) 34 3 37
Bahujan Samaj Party 1 0 1
Independent 0 1 1
Others 1 0 1
Total 190 32 222
JD-S spokesperson Danish Ali said, “It is crystal clear that it will be Kumaraswamy for the Chief Minister’s post. With the blessings of the people of Karnataka, he will be the Chief Minister .”
Abhijit Majumder tweeted, “And there is nothing wrong if Congress and JDS join hands to form the govt despite BJP being the single largest party by far. ‘People’s verdict’ is built into what the Constitution technically allows. Goalposts can’t shift from Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya. #KarnatakaVerdict
In a surprise announcement, the Congress and the JD(S) announced plans to meet the governor and stake their claim to form the government, while the BJP met the governor to seek a week’s time to prove their majority in the Assembly.
6: 19 pm:BJP Parliamentary board will meet at 7 pm in New Delhi following the Karnataka polls.
6:04 pm: BJP CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa announced that he too will meet the governor along with Union Minister Anath Kumar to stake claim to form government.
6:02 pm: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President G Parameshwara said the party had requested the governor to invite it to form the government in alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular). It is now up to the governor.
5.45 pm: HD Kumaraswamy, Congress Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar wait inside Raj Bhavan to meet the governor.
5.30 pm: HD Kumaraswamy reaches Raj Bhavan to meet the governor.
4.29 pm: HD Kumaraswamy wrote a letter to the governor seeking an appointment between 5.30 pm and 6 pm on Tuesday.
4.24 pm: The Congress and JD(S) combined have 115 seats, while the BJP has 104.