The BJP and the Janatha Dal (s) are tied with 40 seats each. The question now is which party would be the main opposition in Karnataka and who would be its leader.
In the event of such a tie, the term of the opposition would be shared between the two parties. The first term will go to the BJP with Jagadish Shettar as the opposition leader. The BJP will get the first term as it was the ruling party in the last term. The second term would go to the Janatha Dal (S) and H D Kumaraswamy would be the leader.
This sharing scenario would come into play in case of a tie. However this issue could well be decided without any confusion once the Periyapatana seat is decided. The death of a BJP candidate over there prompted the Election Commission to countermand the elections and hold it on May 25th. If either the BJP or the JD(S) wins the seat the main opposition would become clear. The winner would have 41 seats in the assembly. However if the Congress wins then it would be back to a tie between the BJP and JD(S) who would share the term for 2 and half years each.
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