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Congress in talks with JD(S) ahead of counting in Karnataka

IANS  |  New Delhi 

As the exit polls after the Assembly election predicted a hung assembly in the state, with six surveys showing BJP emerging as the single largest party and three showing in the lead, the party has started talks with H.D. Kumaraswamy-led Janata Dal(S) to forge a post-poll alliance.

The has already sent two senior leaders of the party, and Ashok Gehlot, to and they are in talks with the JD(S) leaders, said a party source.

However, former and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) state had left for on Sunday morning and was expected to be back late on Monday.

A Congress said the party will win close to 130 seats. "Our senior leaders are in talks with even those who have gone to Singapore," said a party source.

A day after a record 72.13 per cent of 5.06 crore electorate voted on a hot weekend, leaders of the Congress and the (BJP) on Sunday claimed their party would be winning hands down, while the JD-S vowed to decide who will form the next government, if it does not get majority.

Polling was held in 222 segments of the 224-member Assembly, as election to Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari (RR) Nagar had been postponed to May 28 following recovery of voter cards from a flat, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar segment due to the death of BJP contestant B.on May 4.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:52 IST