Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Congress Cries Foul, Says Karnataka Governor Inviting Yeddyurappa Akin to Murdering Democracy

Congress Cries Foul, Says Karnataka Governor Inviting Yeddyurappa Akin to Murdering Democracy

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yeddyurappa at 9 a.m.at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security.

It now depends on governor Vajubhai Vala whether he would follow convention or go along with SC's previous year suggestion.

The Congress was quick to respond to the development. They said that the general trend of the past Supreme Court judgements was not to issue injunction to Governor or to restrain Governor. For the first few hours after the trends/results of the Karnataka assembly elections started pouring in, there was virtual unanimity that the BJP, being the single largest party would form the government in Bengaluru.

We got information from agencies that a lot of information has leaked. The alliance now has enough seats to claim a majority stake in the Assembly seats and form the government, which looks like the most likely outcome now.

We are suddenly reminded of a Panchatantra story of our childhood days, about a monkey making hay while two cats fought - do ki ladhai mein teesre ka labh.

Karnataka BJP's official Twitter handle also deleted a tweet about Yeddyurappa's swearing-in tomorrow, but later tweeted again.

He said the BJP has 104 MLAs and Governor invited B S Yeddyurappa to form govt in "unconstitutional manner", even as JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy along with the Congress has 116 MLAs supporting him. He said he would stake claim to form the government.

On the other hand, the Congress and JD (S), which have already announced post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats respectively and claimed before Vala to have numbers to form government in the state. On Wednesday morning, BJP's legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa met the Governor Vajubhai Vala.

"The Karnataka election results are pretty much on expected lines", he said.

The BJP requires the support of at least eight legislators to cross the revised half-way mark of 111 MLAs as JD (S) leader H.D.Kumaraswamy, who successfully contested from two seats, will have to vacate one of them. However, as the constituency wise results came pouring in on Tuesday, INC surrendered its early lead and BJP came closer to grasping power, seeming they would get a complete majority.

Bitter rivals in Bengal, the Left leaders and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, both backed the Congress-JD (S) alliance against the BJP.

It has also been made a decision to ferry Congress and JD (S) MLAs to resorts to avoid Operation Lotus and ensure that their flock remains intact. Union minister Prakash Javadekar promptly dismissed the JD-S charge, calling it "imaginary".

"We have extended our support to the JD-S to form the new government, with its state leader H.D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister".

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