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Congress backs JD-S after Karnataka delivers hung Assembly (Fourth Lead)

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

In a dramatic turn of events after delivered a hung Assembly, the on Tuesday announced its backing to the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) to form a government to prevent the from regaining power in its only southern bastion.

After the initial euphoria of the crossing the half-way mark in the 224-member Assembly where two constituencies didn't vote on Saturday, data showed the could end up with 104 seats.

This would be eight seats short of a simple majority in a House where no one else appeared ready to back the

The Congress, despite being bruised in an election it had hoped to win, was set to take 77 seats and the JD-S could be victorious in 38 constituencies -- two short of its tally of 2013.

Independents and smaller parties would bag three seats.

As it became clear that the BJP might not cross the half-way mark, leaders quickly got in touch with the JD-S of former and his son and former Minister

told the media in the company of outgoing Minister that the JD-S had accepted offer of support.

"We will meet the and stake claim (to form a government)," he said. "Our numbers put together will be more than the BJP's."

Informed sources said the JD-S could get the Minister's post in the event of a tie-up with

But the BJP remained confident of taking power again in "We are confident of winning," told IANS.

The claim was echoed by other BJP leaders both in and New Delhi, where its Chief candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa, who won from Shikaripura, was set to meet BJP later on Tuesday.

But most of these claims were made before a hung Assembly prospect became real.

BJP activists and leaders earlier celebrated noisily in both and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and

The BJP's Chief face was declared elected from Shikaripura.

Earlier, and Congress had conceded defeat as the vote count went in favour of the BJP.

BJP and Union Minister said that there was no question of any alliance.

Expectations of a BJP victory in lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday. But the markets later went into the red.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:26 IST