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Congress holding onto 'tail' of regional parties: Sushil Modi

By Vikas

Taking a jibe at the Congress for giving Chief Minister's post to its ally JD (S) despite having won more seats in Karnataka elections, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said that the opposition parties were scared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi said that Congress is celebrating in Karnataka as if they have won the elections, when the fact is that the grand old party came down from 120 odd seats to 78 from 2013 to 2018 assembly elections.

File photo of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi

"Congress can't live without power. It once ruled the nation but is now confined to three to four states. They want to reach the Centre by holding onto the tail of regional parties," the Deputy CM said in Patna on Sunday, as reported by ANI.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the largest party in the Karnataka Assembly elections, held on May 12, by winning 104 seats. But the saffron party could not form the government as it fell short of the required 112 seats majority mark in the House of 224 seats (Polling on May 12 was held in 222 assembly constituencies).

The Congress, which won 78 seats, and the JD (S), which won 38 seats, cobbled up an alliance and formed a government after almost a week political turmoil in the southern state. Despite having won 78 seats, the Congress conceded chief minister's post to JD (S)' HD Kumaraswamy. Out of the 34 ministries in Karnataka, it was decided that Congress would keep 22 and JD (S), including the CM's post, would keep 12 ministries.

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