EXCLUSIVE : ONE MLA jumps the ship; extends support to BJP in karnataka

The spectre of a hung assembly in Karnataka, with the BJP notches away from a clear majority, has set off a familiar constitutional conundrum: who should the governor invite to form the next government?

In separate meetings with Governor Vajubhai Vala, the BJP and Janata Dal Secular (JD-S)-Congress’ post-poll alliance have both staked claim . The state has 224 seats of which polls were held to 222. The BJP won 104; the Congress, 78, and the JD(S), 38. The Congress-JD(S) also claims the support of two independents. That gives the combine 118.

Meanwhile in a new development ,Ranebannur independent legislator R Shankar of Haveri district has backed the BJP Party. R Shankar, who is also a relative of BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa, had won from KPGP party in the Rnibeenur constituency agaisnt koliwad of congress



With new member added to the tally BJP would now be at 105 and there are various sources indicating that many Lingayat MLA’s have shown willingness to support BJP, only time will tell.

source : https://kannada.oneindia.com/news/karnataka/karnataka-results-kpjp-mla-supports-bjp-141135.html