The BJP improved its tally to 103 (and a lead in another), up from 40 in 2013. While the Congress won 78 seats, down from 122 in the previous assembly, the JD(S) saw its number shrink to 37 seats from 40.
BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats and the post-poll combine of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) has secured 118 seats (including one BSP member and two independents).
What will be next?
The Governor is learnt to have told a delegation of leaders from both sides that he will be deciding on the next course of action after receiving the official notification from the Election Commission. The notification is expected late on Tuesday or on Wednesday morning.
(Adapted from The Hindu)