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Congress extends support to JD-S to form government

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The Congress, which lost the mandate on Tuesday, extended its support to the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) to enable it to stake claim to form a coalition government after the election threw up a hung assembly.

After meeting Vajubhai R. Vala, the declared that it was extending unconditional support to the JD-S, which finished third in the race for power in the state behind the and the

Outgoing said: "We have conveyed our decision to the to support the JD-S to form the new government."

Of the 222 assembly constituencies which went to polls on May 12, the has won in 73 seats and leading in five segments, while the JD-S has won 37 seats.

With a combined strength of 115 seats, the Congress and the JD-S have more than the required 112-halfway mark, which is a simple majority.

"As we (Congress and JD-S) have the required majority, democracy allows us to form the government," asserted.

The BJP has won in 95 seats and leading in nine seats, taking its total to 104, which is eight short of the halfway mark.

Congress also told reporters that the party has given a letter to the Governor, extending support to the JD-S.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:16 IST