After a high-voltage drama by Congress and JD(S) last night and early morning today, the BJP Chief Ministerial Candidate, B.S. Yeddyurappa, has sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. This will be Yeddyurappa’s 3rd time swearing-in as Karnataka’s chief minister and will be Karnataka’s 23rd Chief Minister. The governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai R. Vala, invited BJP to form it’s party’s government in the state on Tuesday. BJP who has won 104 seats out of 222 seats in Karnataka doesn’t have the magic number of 112 which is necessary to form it’s government in the state.
So is the case with Congress with 78 seats and JD(S) with 37 seats but they have expressed their interest to coalite and form their government in the state. Congress and JD(S) claimed to have 117 MLA’s with them which is 5 MLA’s more than the required of 112. Both the parties had sent their letters separately to the Governor seeking his nod for inviting them first to prove their numbers and form the government in the state. The once upon rival parties, Congress and JD(S), decided to support each other, supposedly, to stop BJP come in power in the state. However, Congress and JD(S) were dumbstruck when the Governor, Vajubhai R. Vala, invited BJP to form it’s government in the state considering it to be the single party with maximum seats out of all.
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Congress and JD(S) challenged governor’s decision in the Supreme Court last night. The hearing on the case commenced at 2.00 am on Thursday and the bench of justices who heard the case were Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S.A. Bobde. The bench of justices refused to put a stay at Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in ceremony today but called it the case “to be heard later on,”. Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented Congress-JD(S) while former Attorney General, Mukul Rohatgi advocated for BJP and Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta was representing the Union Government in the apex court. The next hearing in the case has been decided to take place at 10.30 am on Friday.
Although Congress and JD(S) are protesting outside Vidhan Soudha (Karnataka Assembly) to protest against Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Karnataka has got it’s 23rd Chief Minister in the form of 75-year old B.S. Yeddyurappa. Rahul Gandhi called this as BJP’s “hollow victory” and murder of democracy. In a tweet early morning today, the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi, wrote, “The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make mockery of our constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy,”
The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution.
This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018
The Karnataka ex-Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, said to media, “We will go to the people and tell them how BJP is going against the constitution,”, reported TOI. The other one to react was our former Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, who tweeted opining that Yeddyurappa’s letter to the governor “will seal his fate,”. He tweeted, “Mr. Yeddyurappa’s letter to the Governor will seal his fate. There is no mention of a number bigger than 104. The Governor’s invitation does not mention any number at all!”
Mr Yedyurappa’s letter to the Governor will seal his fate. There is no mention of a number bigger than 104. The Governor’s invitation does not mention any number at all!
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 17, 2018
Whatsoever be the reaction, it will be interesting to see the next step in the case. BJP does not have the magic number, the seats in ‘others’ category is also not high to touch 112. The only option that BJP seems to have at this moment is to turn either the Congress MLAs or the JD(S) MLAs to BJP. Congress and JD(S) are taking every precautionary measures to stop any of their MLAs betray them. BJP has 15 days from now to prove it’s majority in the assembly. The race for CM’s throne in Karnataka seems to have just begun..