Tables turned, BJP scrambles to 'explore all options' to form govt May 16, 2018 0 56 12345 agenciesNew DelhiMore than a year after the assembly elections in Goa and Manipur where it formed governments despite not being the single largest party in the polls, the BJP Tuesday found the tables turned in Karnataka.Emerging as the single largest party but short of majority in the Karnataka House, it was scrambling to plot a strategy by evening. Addressing party workers at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, party president Amit Shah, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thanked the people of Karnataka for the"victory" and"making it Congress-mukt".But the mood in the BJP, which was euphoric when trends during the day suggested it was going to cross the half-way mark in Karnataka, turned sombre once it became clear that a simple majority would elude the party.Referring to the proverbial hare-and-tortoise race, sources said there was a feeling in the BJP that it had been outsmarted by its rival despite holding the"advantages". The developments in the second half of the day, sources said, were unexpected.With the scenario"fluid" and the BJP exploring options, the party central leadership has rushed J P Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar to Bengaluru. P Muralidhar Rao, party general secretary in-charge of Karnataka who had come to the national capital for a meeting Monday, also returned to the state after meeting Amit Shah.B S Yeddyurappa, BJP's chief ministerial candidate, has cancelled his trip to New Delhi. Party sources said the leaders have been asked to"explore all possibilities" to"see that the mandate is respected"."People of Karnataka have voted for change... Congress has lost this time. Even after being rejected, they want to form the government. I condemn this," Yeddyurappa said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Karnataka fate hangs in balance as BJP fails to reach magic number May 16, 2018 0 5872 Kumaraswamy wants to be 'king', not kingmaker May 16, 2018 0 57 Romancing the maid: Indian film tackles taboo May 16, 2018 0 52 Karnataka Governor should invite post-poll coalition to form government: Congress New Delhi: Talking to the media, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that the post-poll coalition of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular of HD Deve Gowda was"poised for a majority"in the new Karnataka Assembly. The .. 10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Vijayawada: Ten people went missing after a boat capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said. The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 pm .. 18 killed in Varanasi flyover collapse; probe ordered Varanasi: At least 18 persons have been killed and another four are trapped under rubble after a spam of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi -- the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra ..