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As Karnataka's Fate Hangs in Balance, Twitter Verifies Kumaraswamy's Account

Kumaraswamy, in his letter to the Governor, declared that he has accepted Congress’ support for JDS to form the government.

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Updated:May 15, 2018, 7:31 PM IST
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As Karnataka's Fate Hangs in Balance, Twitter Verifies Kumaraswamy's Account
Janata Dal (Secular) President HD Kumaraswamy during the party's manifesto release in Bengaluru. (PTI)
New Delhi: The chance to become the Chief Minister of Karnataka once again is not the only good piece of news that state Janata Dal (Secular) chief received on Tuesday. As he was getting ready to talk to the Congress to stake claim to government formation, Twitter verified his handle @hd_kumaraswamy.

Kumaraswamy’s account, which has 12,500 followers, introduces him as “Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Government and JD(S) State president". The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly elections, but fell short of the halfway mark of 112. Queering the pitch for it, the Congress and JD(S) have decided to come together and have a crack at government formation.

As was speculated earlier that in the case of a hung Assembly, JD(S)’ Kumaraswamy will play the ‘kingmaker’. Apparently, the Congress reached out to the JD(S) and has agreed to let Kumaraswamy be the CM, hence propelling him from the ‘kingmaker’ to the ‘king’.

Kumaraswamy, in his letter to the Governor, declared that he has accepted Congress’ support for JDS to form the government.

Earlier, exit polls had predicted a hung House, but gave BJP the advantage.

ABP TV had predicted a tally in favour of the BJP with a seat count between 97-109 seats; 97-99 seats for the Congress and between 21 and 30 for the JD(S). India Today’s exit poll had predicted 106-118 seats for Congress; 79-92 seats for BJP; 22-30 for JD(S) and 1-4 seats for the others.

Aaj Tak exit polls had also gone in the favour of Congress and had given Congress 106 to 118 seats; BJP 72 to 76 seats; JD(S) 25 to 30 seats and others 4 to 8 seats. NDTV's 'Poll of Polls' based on eight exit polls, predicted BJP to be the single largest party with 101 seats, Congress second with 84 seats followed by the Deve Gowda-led JD(S) with 33 seats.

Newsx-CNX, on the other hand, predicted that BJP could be ahead of the Congress. Its exit poll has given BJP 102 to 106 seats; Congress 72 to 75 seats, JD(S) 35 to 38 seats and Others 3 to 6 seats.

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| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi
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