The newly elected Karnataka BJP legislators on Wednesday elected B.S. Yeddyurappa as their legislative party leader and he soon staked claim to form the government though the party is eight seats short of a majority in the Assembly.
Of the 222 constituencies where polling was held on May 12, the BJP won 104 seats while the Congress won 78 and JD-S won 38 seats, along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), throwing up a hung Assembly.
The BJP is eight short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority.
In a related development, the party's legislator from Rajajinagar, S. Suresh Kumar, said the Congress was "shameless" to extend support to the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) after its leaders, including party President Rahul Gandhi, accused the regional party of being the 'B-team' of the BJP.
On Tuesday, the Congress extended unconditional support to the JD-S to form a government in the state.
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