Simple majority eludes BJP, emerges largest party with 110 seats

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Bangalore, May 25 (UNI) Aspiring to storm to power on its own down the Vindhyas, the Bharatiya Janata Party today secured 110 of the 224 seats in the Karnataka Assembly, missing simple majority by three seats with political uncertainity looming large.

The party which secured 79 seats in the 2004 elections, recorded its best ever performance at the hustings in South. BJP Chief Minister in waiting B S Yediyurappa talking to newsmen here expressed confidence that the party would form the new government and would stake claim with Governor Rameshwar Thakur after the legislature party meeting tomorrow. The Congress won 80 seats, securing 15 more than the previous elections, while the Janata Dal (S) could muster only 28 seats, 30 less than the 2004 elections.

Independents emerged victorious in six seats.

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