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Oppn may stall Parliament if JD(S)-Cong not given chance to form govt: Shiv Sena

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Opposition parties may if the and the JD(S) are not given a chance to form government in Karnataka, though morally the BJP must get the first opportunity, MP Sanjay said today.

"I believe if the and the JD(S) prove that they have support of 116 MLAs and the still does not give them the opportunity to form government, its reverberations might be seen in Parliament and it may be disrupted for several days," told reporters here.

However, the BJP can stake claim to form government on "moral grounds" as it is the single largest party, said Raut, whose party is in an uneasy alliance with the saffron party in and at the Centre.

"It is a Constitutional convention to invite the single largest party first. But we haven't seen the and the BJP following conventions in the last few years. Such (convention-based) decisions were not taken in and (where hung assemblies emerged after polls). However, the situation in is different as it is a bigger state," said.

The would find himself in a quandary if the Congress and the JD(S) join hands and establish that they have support of 116 MLAs, he said, describing the Congress's decision to back the latter as a "cunning move".

The Rajya Sabha MP added that instead of kingmaker, the JD(S) has emerged as the king, but it would be "unfortunate" if the single largest party (BJP) sits in opposition while a member of a smaller party becomes

"However, seeing the BJP's of retaining and purchasing power, the JD(S) may also split up. The BJP's in this regard is better than that of the Congress," he remarked.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party today but fell nine seats short of a majority in Karnataka, while the Congress backed third-placed JD(S) for a post-poll alliance.

All eyes are now on who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 23:05 IST