The Karnataka Assembly results threw up some interesting scenarios as the trends started coming in earlier today. The incumbent Congress lost more than 40 seats compared to its 2013 tally and the BJP gained sginificantly to become the single largest party, having won 99 and leading in 5 at the time of this report.
This came as a shock to the outgoing CM Siddharamaiah who had fancied himself to get a second consecutive term, something which no incumbent in Karnataka has managed for a long time. Delhi based journalists who had convinced themselves that Congress was coming back were in shock as well as the BJP led by Narendra Modi's huge rallies and BS Yeddyurappa as their face made a stunning comeback.
Owing to rebels, Yeddyurappa and the Reddy brothers walking away and many other issues the BJP was reduced to 40 seats in the 2013 elections. Today, they increased their tally to 104. Meanwhile the JD(S) more or less maintained its seat share.
As of now, the BJP as well as a Congress-JD(S) coalition both are trying to cobble up numbers to stake claim to form a government. The decision on who gets invited rests in the hands of the ex Gujarat Finance Minister and Speaker, and now Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala.