Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Karnataka governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government, take oath on Thursday

Karnataka governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government, take oath on Thursday

The swift political manoeuvring by Congress in reaching out to JD (S) headed showed that it had learnt its lesson after the debacle in Manipur and Goa where it failed to form the government despite being the single largest party because of BJP's clever moves. The state had seen this on several occasions in the past wherein elected members of a party are huddled up in plush resorts to protect them from poaching by other parties. "Calling upon the single largest party is at the end of the line when it comes to discretion of the governor", said Singhvi. In case of a hung assembly, governor has to call all the parties staking claim to prove their majority in the House.

Opposition leaders who spoke to Deve Gowda urged him to shed any misgivings in joining hands with Congress after a hard fought electoral battle against the party. Addressing the media, party chief HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of offering huge bribes to JD (S) lawmakers, including a 100-crore rupee bribe and berths in the cabinet.

The Janata Dal (Secular), a key regional party that has given the state two chief ministers in the past, could emerge as an important player after the results are all counted.

The petition prepared by advocate Dev Dutt Kamath contended that despite presenting the list of 116 MLAs, governor Vala has invited the BJP which has 104 MLAs to form the government and has given relatively longer time of 15 days to prove the majority on the floor of the House. Governors have very little room to act according to their conscience on matters of who forms the state government.

Reacting to the development, the Congress claimed that the governor did not follow the rule book while inviting the BJP to form the government. We'll make you a minister. India's lawmakers are notoriously open to horse-trading and the BJP war chest is overflowing after four years in power in Delhi. Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed.

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"They are trying everything which isn't in law". However, it gave up all gains to end modestly lower after the Congress unexpectedly stitched up a post-poll alliance with the JD (S) and staked claim to form the government.

Despite having the numbers by their side, the JD (S)-Congress post-poll alliance may not be able to halt the saffron juggernaut in the southern state.

In Karnataka, the combined vote share of Congress and JD-S now stands at 56.4%. But outside Kerala, we can go together.

Late Tuesday evening, when gossip about BJP's horse trading efforts started doing the rounds, Twitter was abuzz with tweets mocking how the real victor in Karnataka would be of resort owners.

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