Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Karnataka Election Results: Congress and BJP stake claim, all eyes on governor

Karnataka Election Results: Congress and BJP stake claim, all eyes on governor Karnataka Election Results: Congress and BJP stake claim, all eyes on governor
Sammy Stanley | 17 May, 2018, 21:49

The Union former finance and home minister said had he been in Yeddyurappas place, he would not have taken the oath till the apex court took a decision on the petition filed by the Congress-JD (S) combine challenging the Governors decision to invite him to take oath.

BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa was therefore sworn in as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on Thursday.

With there being precedents of both governors inviting either the leader of the single largest party or that of a post-poll coalition to form the government, Vala, a former RSS-BJP veteran from Gujarat, opted for the former.

Of the 222 constituencies, the BJP won 104 seats, while the Congress won 78 and Janata Dal-Secular won 38 seats, along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), throwing up a hung assembly in the state. Going by the BJP's claim on May 16 that an independent MLA has joined it, its latest tally is 105 and it now needs six more for a simple majority.

Kumaraswamy has a history of not keeping his word to the BJP, the Congress, and even the JD (S). In Manipur too, the Governor did not give chance to the single largest party, the Congress to prove its majority.

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Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and said, "I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP's development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. And later, when the JD (S) and the Congress numbers swelled up, that was the time we felt we can make it", he said.

After the invitation from the Governor, the BJP swung into action.

He said that constitutional obligation of the Governor was to invite a party to form a new government and his action could always be judicially reviewed and the court may order for restoration of status-quo ante also as was done in the case of Arunachal Pradesh. The role of regional parties is very important, and the Congress should try to take all opposition, all regional parties..., into confidence and go for an alliance.

Mayawati also tied up with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and backed its candidate in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-election in which they managed to defeat the BJP in its chief minister Yogi Adityanath's home turf. I am extremely grateful that three judges of the Supreme Court are sitting in the court at 2 am to hear the matter.

Immediately thereafter, Yeddyurappa made a dash for Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form the government. The only problem is that the legislators risk running into the prime minister, who is due to visit the state on May 19. The ruling coalition, consisting of the People's Democratic Party and the BJP, would be nicely riled up and the state's tourism industry could use the business. For Modi, Karnataka is important for two reasons.

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