I am very proud that opposition stood together and defeated BJP: Rahul

Vastavam web: Indian opposition parties have joined forces to snatch power from the country’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, laying the stage for other such alliances in a direct challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid next year.A coalition of Congress and a regional group said on Sunday they will establish a government in Karnataka state next week, after Modi’s BJP failed to prove its majority despite bagging more seats than any other party in a closely-fought election.

“I am very proud that the opposition has stood together and defeated the BJP, and we will continue to do so,” said Gandhi.Karnataka, with a population of 66 million, was the first major state this year to elect an assembly, and will be followed by three more before the general election in 2019.“Formation of this coalition is a platform for an anti-BJP alliance for the next year,” said Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist at Bengaluru’s Jain University.

“Any shortfall in other states will further consolidate anti-BJP forces.”Karnataka governor last week allowed Modi’s party to form a government, even as it became clear that with only 104 seats the Hindu nationalist BJP trailed the opposition alliance, which has at least 115 seats in the 225-member assembly. That decision prompted Modi’s rivals to turn to the Supreme Court.The governor gave the BJP 15 days to prove its majority, but the court ordered a vote of confidence in the assembly on Saturday. Even before that could take place, BJP’s newly appointed state chief minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, resigned.