HUBBALLI WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 18 CITY EDITION SO NEAR, YET SO FAR 2018 The BJP, with 103 seats in its kitty, and leading in one seat, has emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly elections, but is short of the magic figure of 112 6 NUMBERS THAT MATTER 17 ministers 2 brothers 3 out of 7 in Siddaramaiah cabinet, including Siddaramaiah (Chamundeshwari), lose from the Reddy clan and their friend B Sriramulu win rebel JD(S) MLAs win on Congress ticket SIDDARAMAIAH WOMEN MAKE IT TO THE ASSEMBLY KUMARASWAMY Y E D D Y U R A P PA Contested from two seats. Lost one by over 36,000 votes, won the other by a slender 1,696 votes Won both seats he contested from. Staked claim to become CM with Congress support Won Shikaripura seat by over 35,000 votes. Requested Governor to let him prove majority 3 lakh VOTERS PICK THE NOTA (NONE OF THE ABOVE) OPTION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI WHO SAID WHAT Narendra Modi, PM in a tweet B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP chief The AICC has taken a decision to extend unconditional support to JD(S). The JD(S) is going to form the government with the help of Congress, but it will be a JD-S-led government. Siddaramaiah, Outgoing CM Following the unconditional support from the Congress, we have given a representation to the Governor to allow us to form the government. H D Kumaraswamy, JD(S) State president The result is quite disappointing. I think somewhere there was something wrong with caste management in Karnataka. That plays an important role M Veerappa Moily, senior Congress leader CONG 78 Others 3 JD(S) 37 Hung verdict: Ball now in Guv’s court H E M A N T H K U M A R @ Bengaluru INTENSE political drama unfolded in Karnataka on Tuesday as parties moved swiftly to grab power after the fiercely fought assembly election threw up a hung verdict with BJP emerging as the single largest party winning 103 seats in the , 224-member House. The Congress suffered a crushing defeat as it won in just 78 constituencies, a big fall from 122 it won in 2013, and JD(S) emerged as the kingmaker with a tally of 37. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah himself suffered a huge defeat on his home turf in Chamundeshwari, but managed to salvage some pride by winning in Badami. Many Congress senior leaders, including 16 ministers, lost their seats. BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa scored big win from Shikaripur in Shivamogga district. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy won from both Ramanagaram and Channapatna. In a quick turn of events when the picture became clear that no party would be in a position to form government on its own, the Congress announced it will extend unconditional support to JD(S) to form a coalition government with H D Kumaraswamy as the CM. Not to be outsmarted, BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa quickly got into the act by staking his claim. With rivals pushing their cases, all eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala, who said he will consider both the claims and take an appropriate decision. The fight for power in Karnataka is set to turn ugly and go down to the wire considering the high stakes involved for all the three players-Congress, BJP and JD(S). Determined not to repeat the mistakes it made in Manipur and Goa where it reacted late, Congress sprung into action and approached JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda offering support when it became clear that BJP, which once during counting looked set to cross the half-way mark, will fall short of the magic figure. Kumaraswamy immediately headed to Raj Bhavan with a delegation of Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, KPCC president G Parameshwara, AICC leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot. The delegation submitted a letter to the Governor staking their claim to form the government. Moments before, after coming to know of the Congress-JD(S) move, Yeddyurappa along with BJP leader Muralidhar Rao, Union minister Ananth Kumar and Shobha Karandlaje called on Vala and submitted a letter staking claim. They expressed their readiness to take the floor test within two days. Meanwhile, PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah celebrated the party victory in New Delhi and sent a clear message that BJP would not allow the rivals to “hijack the mandate”. “Efforts are already on to foil Congress-JD(S) plans,” a source in BJP said. Amit Shah is expected to land in Bengaluru on Wednesday to put the strategies to work. He is also expected to attend the BJP Legislature Party meeting in the morning. Congress and JD(S) leaders apprehend BJP indulging in horse trading and using all the means of inducements to poach their MLAs. They also see a return of resort politics as the parties would be forced to adopt every means to keep their flock together. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Governor, Kumaraswamy said, “AICC leaders have submitted a letter extending Congress support to JD(S) to form the government. The Governor has assured that he would take appropriate action.” However, the Congress-JD(S) bonding is unlikely to be a smooth affair as it is said to have not gone down well with many in their own parties. S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi AMIT BANDRE JD(S) 40 Cong 122 LY MB SE ELECTI ON 2 3 01 Despite being defeated, Congress is trying to grab power from the backdoor. We won’t allow it. We have requested the Governor to allow us to prove majority in the Assembly. BJP 103 AS I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP’s development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state ● BJP emerges single largest party but eight short of simple majority ● Cong does deal with JD(S), lets it lead coalition govt ● Kumaraswamy stakes claim, so does BSY ● Up to Guv to take call ● Modi indicates his party alone will form the new Karnataka govt BJP 40 TOTAL SEATS NOTA gets three lakh votes Underscoring the growing apathy of people towards political candidates, as many as 3,07,487 voters Others 22 selected the NOTA (None Of The Above) option 224 MUMBAI-KARNATAKA REGION-WISE ANALYSIS BJP stages big recovery in the region with a solid backing from Veerashaiva-Lingayat community. Congress avoids a bigger embarrassment with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah winning the Badami seat with a waferthin margin after much struggle. Seats: 50; BJP:30, Cong:17, JD(S) 2, Ind: 1 COASTALKARNATAKA HYDERABADKARNATAKA BJP breaches Congress fortress. Congress suffers losses despite senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s contribution in getting special status for the region. The separate Lingayat issue fails to bring electoral dividends for Congress. Seats:31; BJP:12, Cong: 15, JD(S): 4 CENTRAL KARNATAKA A clear BJP wave has swept the region with Yeddyurappa leading the charge with a big win from Shikaripur. Congress was routed in Chitradurga, Davangere and Shivamogga while in Ballari it saved the face by winning 6 of the 8 seats BJP storm blows away Congress in the communally volatile coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi. BJP has fought the battle on Hindutva plank in the region seeking a political verdict against the killings of BJP/RSS workers under Congress rule Seats:30; BJP: 20, Cong:10 JD(S): Nil BENGALURU Congress surges ahead of BJP in the state capital with 13 seats with the latter getting 11. BJP’s concerted efforts to humble ministers K J George, Roshan Baig and MLA N A Harris come a cropper as all 3 win Seats:19; BJP: 16, Cong:3 OLD MYSURU REGION Strong JD(S) wave in Old Mysuru region not only catapults the party to play the role of a kingmaker, but also sweeps aside Siddaramaiah who has lost to G T Deve Gowda of JD(S) in Chamundeshwari. Seats: 26; BJP:11, Cong:13, JD(S): 2 Bengaluru Rural Seats: 62; BJP:15, Cong:18, JD(S):27, BSP:1, Ind: 1 Seats:4; Cong:2, JD(S): 2 BIG TAKEWAYS Modi magic continues. A win for the BJP have boosted the party’s morale before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls For Rahul Gandhi, another big loss after taking over as Congress president In BJP vs Congress show of strength, the former continues its dominant run Lingayat separate religion issue fails to pay electoral dividends for Congress Over-confident Siddu failed to gauge undercurrent in Chamundeshwari K S H I VA KU M A R @ Mysuru CHIEF Minister Siddaramaiah’s plans to end his career in electoral politics on a high note by winning from Chamundeshwari constituency, from where he started his four-decade-long political career, has come crashing down to an ignominious end. Though he managed to win from Badami by a thin margin, the defeat in Chamundeshwari by over 36,000 votes will be a thorn in the flesh as this was his worst-ever defeat. Siddaramaiah contested elections eight times from Chamundeshwari and had lost in 1989 and 1999. However, he had emotional attachment with the constituency which gave him a political rebirth, voting him by a thin margin of 257 in 2006 by-election. But he burnt bridges with the people of the constituency and grassroots workers after he moved to Varuna constituency in 2008. His eleventh-hour decision to also fight from Badami turned out to be advantageous for JD(S) and cost him badly . His return to Chamundeshwari after 12 long years and failure to organise the Congress party at booth level weakened the prospects of the Congress against the well-organised JD(S) which had the backing of the dominant Vokkaliga community. At the instance of a few of his close associates, Siddaramaiah took the plunge from Chamundeshwari constituency before analysing the ground realities and gettig a feeling of the pulse in the constituency . Many felt that he should have started his ground work two years ago and won over all the communi- ties instead of relying on a few veteran leaders who had quit active politics. Instead of advising him to reach out to all sections of society his co, terie gave him a rosy picture of the situation rather than apprising him about the changing political and caste equations in a constituency dominated by Vokkaligas, Lingayats other than dalits and Nayakas, insiders say . F R I E N D S -T U R N E D - F O E S W O R K E D AGAINST SIDDU IN CHAMUNDESHWARI:P8 THE hung verdict on Tuesday put the ball in the court of the governor Vajubhai Vala even as both BJP and Congress-JDS alliance both claimed to form government. The stalemate in Karnataka echoed of similar situations witnessed during assembly elections in Goa and Manipur last year. The same question was posed once again — who should the governor invite first to form the government — should it be leader of the single largest party (in this case BJP) or should it be the largest coalition (Congress-JDS). According to experts, the governor is free to exercise his discretion to invite anyone to form a government, especially because there was no pre-poll alliance. Experts said there was no clear-cut law on who should be invited first to form a government in case of a Hung Assembly and this gives the governor right to exercise “absolute discretion” as who he should invite to form the government. They added there are several commissions such as Sarkaria and Punchhi Commissions which laid guidelines in this regard but those recommendations do not have legal backing. In Manipur and Goa, Congress had emerged as the single largest party but the BJP ended up forming the government because it managed to form the “largest coalition” after elections. Now in Karnataka, BJP and Congress seemed to have exchanged positions as compared to the scenario during Manipur and Goa elections. Governor Vajubhai Vala Experts’ speak Noted constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap said that primarily two issues arise in case of Hung Assembly—who should be invited first to form a government and second is the question of proving majority. Kashyap said that the Governor has the right to exercise absolute discretion to call anyone to form the government. Former Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy said, going by the constitutional tradition, Vala should first invite the single-largest party. But he added that the governor enjoys the discretion to call anyone as he has to see that a “stable government is formed ultimately.” Congress foresees an opportunity, gets its act together R A M U PAT I L @ Bengaluru THE speed at which Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) came together to stake claim for forming government is astonishing. Congress leaders, who were exuding confidence of forming the government on their own, sprang a surprise by announcing their decision to back JD (S) even before the results for all the seats were announced. However, party insiders, who were privy to the developments said preparations for what looked like a ‘coup’ to keep BJP which emerged as the single largest party away from power had started even before the polling day A day before . the polling — on Friday —senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot were in Bengaluru to hold talks with the JD (S) leadership. By that time, many pre-poll surveys had indicated a fractured verdict and the parties too would have made their own assessment of the situation. “The process was initiated after Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi personally spoke to JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda,” sources said. In the event of a hung verdict, the JD (S) was willing to go with a party that would support the regional party government headed by H D Kumaraswamy . The Congress that secured only 78 seats was more than willing to go for such an option, than BJP which emerged as single largest party “The JD (S) had kept its options open. Congress . leaders made their moves very fast anticipating swift action by the BJP leadership,” sources said. In Goa, though the Congress had emerged as the single largest party BJP formed the , P8 government with support from smaller parties.
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