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Amid Karnataka drama, Modi speaks to Deve Gowda

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Amid Karnataka election drama, Modi speaks to Deve Gowda PM Modi with Deve Gowda. File photo

New Delhi: A day after BJP's B S Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka chief minister dashing the hopes of the Congress-JD(S) alliance, prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he spoke to JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and wished him on his birthday.

"Spoke to our former prime minister Shri H D Deve Gowdaji and conveyed birthday wishes to him. I pray for his good health and long life," Modi said in a tweet.

Yeddyurappa is yet to prove a majority in the Karnataka Assembly, and the Congress and JD(S) have alleged that the BJP was trying to poach their newly elected lawmakers, as it has fallen short of eight seats to the 112 halfway mark in the lower House.

The JD(S) had won 38 seats along with its ally BSP, while the Congress won 78 seats, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party winning 104 seats in the May 12 assembly election.

The Congress and JD(S) stitching up a hasty post-poll alliance approached the governor on Tuesday to form the government, as also did the BJP.

But governor Vajubhai Valla invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and prove within 15 days that he had majority in the legislative assembly.

Rahul talks to Gowda

On Thursday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had spoken with Deve Gowda over phone and is understood to have discussed the prevailing political situation in the state.

Sources confirmed that Gandhi and the former prime minister had a telephonic talk, but no details were available about what was discussed by the two leaders.

Both the Congress and JD(S) are learnt to have lodged their MLAs in luxury resorts in Hyderabad and are awaiting the Supreme Court's decision in the matter.

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