Six Independent holds key to forming next Government in K'taka

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Bangalore, May 25 (UNI) Six victorious Independents, four of them Congress rebels, hold the key for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to forming the new Government in Karnataka.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 110 seats, was short by three for a simple majority and need to hunt among the Independents to achieve its aim of forming the first Government on its own, down the Vindhyas. The Congress won in 80 constituencies, while the Janata Dal (Secular) in 28.

Only six of the 943 Independents could win and they would be playing a key role in the formation of the Government.

The successful Independents were Shivaraj, a BJP rebel from Kanakagiri, Narendra Swamy (Malavalli), Venkataramanappa (Pavagada), Varthur Prakash (Kolar), D Sudhakara (Hiriyur)(all Congress rebels) and Goolihatti D Shekar from Hosadurga.

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