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Karnataka verdict: PM Modi thanks people for their steadfast support to BJP

BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa met Governor and sought seven days to prove majority in the House.

SNS | New Delhi |

As Bharatiya Janat Party (BJP) is set to emerge as the single largest party in Kanrataka Assembly election verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday thanked the people of the southern state for “steadfastly supporting the BJP’s development agenda”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, “I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP’s development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state”.

“I salute the stupendous work of @BJP4Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party”, PM Modi added in his tweet.

As per latest trends, the BJP has won 92 seats and is leading in 12; Congress has won 71 and is leading in 7; while JD(S) has won 37 seats.

With Janata Dal-Secular accepting support from Congress to form the government and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the single largest party, the race to get Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala’s invite to form the government has intensified.

BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa met Governor and sought seven days to prove majority in the House.

However, JD(S) and Congress leaders, including Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah, addressed the media outside the Raj Bhavan after staking claim to form the government. Siddaramaiah said they have extended unconditional support to JD(S). Both JD(S) and Congress also submitted MLAs’ letters of support to the governor.

The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) were the main contenders among other national, regional and fringe parties in the May 12 elections.

In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested for the seats, which had 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.

Election in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar was postponed to 28 May due to seizure of voter ID cards and countermanded in the city’s Jayanagar seat due to the death of BJP candidate and MLA BN Vijaya Kumar on 4 May. Vote counting in RR Nagar will be taken up on 31 May.