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Cong backing JD(S) to keep BJP out of power: Moily

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The has decided to support the JD(S) to form government in to keep the BJP out of power, senior party leader M said today.

Asked if it was a good move to back the H D Deve Gowda-led outfit, the former Union told PTI: "It's good or not...we are interested to keep the BJP away from power."

On whether he was confident that would invite the JD(S) to form the government, Moily said he was bound to do it.

"He (the governor) has to work as the (of the state) and not as an agent of the BJP," the former chief said.

He added that according to the verdict on last year's polls, the was bound to call the group with the required numbers to form government and not the single-largest party.

With the Assembly polls throwing up a hung verdict, the BJP, with 104 seats, has fallen short of the half-way mark of 112.

The Congress-JD(S) combine had moved quickly even as the counting of votes was underway yesterday and requested the to allow the formation of a JD(S)-led government in the southern state.

The two parties together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

Elections were held for 222 Assembly seats in Karnataka on May 12, while polling for the remaining two seats will be held later.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 18:00 IST