After what can only be called a political thriller of an election, the JD(S) and Congress continue to work out the finer details of their last minute post-poll alliance in Karnataka in a bid to keep the BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, out of power.
As per the Election Commission, the BJP won 104 seats in the May 12 elections, just 9 short of the magic figure. The Congress secured 78, the JD(S) 38 and Independents 2.
While BJP has flown in Union Minister Prakash Javadekar to commence 'Operation Lotus' to poach rival MLAs, the Congress has deployed senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to work out the post-poll alliance with JD(S), even as the two parties now try to keep their flock together.
With both sides meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday, staking claim to form the government, who will the Governor invite first?
With negotiations underway on both sides, who will form the next government in Karnataka?