JDS legislative party meeting begins:

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Karnataka’s Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala  face litmus test, is to take an important decision to make the parliamentary democracy in critical number a historical decision for seamless governance in the state short of horse trading, and No, non confidence motion thereafter. As per the constitutional provision, the single-largest party is invited to form the government in the case of a fractured mandate.

Congress  state party leaders have alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to “poach” their MLAs in an attempt to establish majority to form the government in Karnataka. “They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, and we know that. Every day, there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy, as two parties have the necessary numbers. However, we are taking all necessary steps,” said Congress leader D K Shivakumar.

Karnataka hung verdict set the Political turmoil in Congress, JD S and BJP  with their effort to be at top slot. Political numbers with parties in recent assembly elections are   are: BJP: 104, Cong: 78, JDS: 38, Others: 2. The Congress announced that it would support the JD-S, taking their total seat share to 117, thus resulting in a fractured mandate.

S Yeddyurappa has left for the Raj Bhavan to meet the governor, his second meeting in less than 12 hours. The BJP legislators meeting is over. BJP’s Sadananda Gowda, said they were the single largest party and should form government. “You have seen how Congress & JD(S) were fighting, six months back. Now, they want to come together & make government!” he said. Union Minister for Oil and Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda will attend a party meeting in Karnataka on Wednesday as Bharatiya Janata Party’s observers.

JD(S) legislative party meeting begins in Bengaluru. The party’s CM candidate HD Kumaraswamy said his party has already decided to go with the Congress. “That’s the reason we called the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party meeting. There is no question of taking any other decision.”

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However reports say that three Congress MLAs are missing and the JDS has confirmed that the BJP has reached out to its MPs.

The numbers are: BJP: 104, Cong: 78, JDS: 38, Others: 2

The Congress says the two independent MLAs are with them, which makes their numbers stand at 118. But with the three Congress MLAs missing, presumably poached by the BJP, that’s down to 115. The BJP just needs three more MLAs over to their side to form government.

Input from rediff and media agencies

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