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Confident of forming govt. in K'taka: Congress MLA

ANI  |  Hyderabad [India] 

Karnataka's Humnabad MLA on Thursday said the Congress-(Secular) alliance was confident of forming the government in

"All the MLAs are here in We will be leaving for We don't have any meeting here. has come here and we will be leaving soon. Total we have 78 MLAs, but right now we have 77 MLAs here. There is no pressure on us. We are confident that we will form the government along with JD(S)," Patil told ANI.

Asked about being the single largest party, Patil quipped, "They don't have the numbers."

Meanwhile, former arrived at the here on Thursday and met with the MLAs.

Fearing defection to BJP or being "poached", the and JD(S) has shifted their MLAs to numerous hotels in and

Earlier in the day, the ruled that a floor test should be conducted on Saturday at 4 pm for BJP to prove their majority in the assembly.

The decision was taken after the top court heard the arguments for and against the petition filed by the Congress and (Secular) following Vajubhai R. Vala's invitation to the BJP to form the government in the state.

The BJP has 104 MLAs but they are still short of the simple majority mark of 113 by nine MLAs and have been given 24 hours to prove the same in the assembly by the apex court.

However, if two 'missing' Congress MLAs do not get to vote tomorrow, the halfway mark will fall to 111.

On the other hand, Congress (78 seats) and JD-S (37 seats), along with two independent candidates have formed a post-poll alliance and are staking claim to form the government in Karnataka, with a total of 115 MLAs.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:47 IST