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Modi encouraging horse-trading in Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Karnataka's outgoing today accused of encouraging horse-trading to bring the BJP to power in the state.

He also asserted that had to invite the (S)-combine to form a government as it enjoyed the support of 117 MLAs.

"The has to give an opportunity to us," he said.

The was talking to reporters after a meeting of the

"is encouraging horse-trading," he added.

dismissed reports about dissent among MLAs over supporting the JD(S).

"We are all united," he said.

The May 12 Assembly election has thrown up a fractured verdict with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 224-member house, falling eight seats short of the 112 needed to form a government in the state.

The Congress won 78 seats and the JD(S), 37.

Polling was held for 222 of the 224 Assembly seats after voting was deferred for the R R Nagar constituency over charges that the electoral process had been vitiated, and the countermanding of the election for the Jayanagar seat after the death of the BJP candidate.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 15:00 IST