After three weeks of political turmoil, Karnataka’s ‘Nataka’ has finally moved a step forward. Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief B S Yediyurappa has sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state on July 26, Friday.
The Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 76 year old Yediyurappa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.
The development, however, comes a day after Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified three rebel Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) — Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathahalli (both from Congress) and R Shankar, one of the two independents who switched sides, under the anti-defection law. The reason behind the disqualification stated by Kumar is that the resignations of the three MLAs were ‘not voluntary and genuine’ and so they were disqualified with immediate effect.
While, the disqualification means that they cannot contest elections till the end of the term of the current House i.e. till 2023. Meanwhile, the HD Kumaraswamy government collapsed on July 23, Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the assembly. The government lost the vote by 95-105 (95 of the Congress- Janata Dal- Secular (JD-S) and 105 of BJP) in a House with an effective strength of 205 members.
The Vidhan Soudha has 225 chairs but 20 MLAs (14 Congress, three Janata Dal -Secular, two independents and one Bahujan Samaj Party) skipped the proceedings.
The newly sworn in Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, furthermore, will appear for the floor test in the assembly on July 29, Monday.
“The Karnataka assembly session will be called on July 29, Monday at 10 AM for moving confidence motion and for the passage of the finance bill,” he said. Speaking to the reporters after holding a cabinet meeting here, he said the legislative council would begin it’s proceedings on July 30.
On one side, the BJP leaders congratulated the newly sworn in CM and on the other side the opposition was not happy with the decision. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted and expressed his happiness for Yediyuruppa. “Happy to see Yediruppa back as CM of Karnataka,” tweeted Subramanian Swamy. BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Yediyuruppa upon getting sworn in as the new CM of Karnataka.
“Congrats to @BSYBJP ji, newly sworn in CM of Karnataka. I am sure under his leadership and under the guidance of PM Modi, BJP will give a stable, pro-farmer and development oriented govt in the State. I assure people of Karnataka that BJP is committed to fulfil their aspirations,” Amit Shah tweeted.
President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, Dinesh Gundu Rao, however, expressed his disappointment and insisted the members of Congress Party to not attend the swearing in ceremony.
“Swearing in of @BSYBJP as CM of Karnataka is unconstitutional & unethical based on horse trading and corrupt methods. It’s a blot on our democracy. I refuse to participate in this unholy event and instruct all @INCKarnataka leaders not to attend,” roared Dinesh Gundu Rao.
Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said, “Karnataka assembly has become an experimental lab for Karnataka BJP and the BJP backed governor to try unconstitutional ways to form the government. In what article of the constitution is the governor allowed to permit the party to form govt that doesn’t have the majority? It is a shame!!”
According to the reports, the BJP’s new government led by Yediyurappa, however, doesn’t seem to be on the safe ground for now because B S Yediyurappa formed the government in May 2018 as well, but it lasted only for two days as he could not prove his majority in the House and so the government was dissolved and the Congress-JD(S) formed the government in the state.
Meanwhile, B S Yediyurappa is sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the fourth time now. But whether the fourth time formed Yediyurappa’s government lasts or not, would be gauged once it passes the floor test which is scheduled on Monday.