Yeddyurappa to be Karnataka CM; Congress says Governor acted like a puppet

Karnataka election, YeddyurappaThe suspense over who is going to form the government in Karnataka is finally over. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has now officially invited Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)’s B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka and has given 15 days to prove majority. According to BJP member Basavaraj Bommai, Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister on Thursday at 9 am. However, the rest of the cabinet will be sworn in only after proving its majority, according to BJP member Murlidhar Rao. This comes after BJP leader Suresh Kumar had made the same announcement on Twitter but had later deleted the tweet. “B S Yeddyurappa will take oath as chief minister at 9.30 am at Raj Bhavan tomorrow. Let us all gather on this happy occasion,” Kumar said in a tweet in Kannada. There was, however, no official communique from Raj Bhavan. Right after his tweet, the BJP Karnataka official Twitter handle said, “BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at Raj Bhavan. The movement to build our Suvarna Karnataka has begun”. Minutes later, the tweet was deleted. Lashing out at the Congress, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The party that blew up the constitution to shambles is teaching us the constitution, the party that imposed President rule the most number of times is giving us lessons,” according to news agency ANI. His comments came after Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala was “constitutionally obliged” to invite the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) post-poll alliance to form the government in the state. The Congress did not refrain from attacking its arch-rival BJP as well. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala questioned BJP President Amit Shah that if two parties cannot come together after an election, then “how did BJP form governments in Goa and Manipur by superseding single largest party?” He further added the Governor has shamed his office. By inviting BJP, the Governor of Karnataka has failed to disperse his Constitutional duty and acted like a BJP puppet. BJP has launched an oppressional ‘Operation Kamal’ at the Raj Bhavan, said Randeep Surjewala. Earlier, MLAs and MPs of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) had warned to sit on a ‘dharna’ outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow if they are not invited by Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala to prove their majority to form the government in Karnataka. Congress also threatened to approach the Supreme Court of India in case the Governor invited BJP to form government. Siddaramaiah had earlier accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading. Union minister Prakash Javadekar dismissed as imaginary JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy’s charge that BJP was offering Rs 1 billion (Rs 100 crore) to lure its MLAs. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy claims that BJP is trying to “bribe” its way to power through “horsetrading” after falling short of majority, alleges that his party’s MLAs are being offered Rs 1 billion to break away. H D Kumaraswamy is elected leader of JD(S) legislature party. B S Yeddyurappa is elected leader of BJP legislature party, meets governor and gives letter about his unanimous election to the post, says he should be asked to take oath as chief minister. Top 10 developments on who will form government in Karnataka and the recently conducted elections 1. Yeddyurappa to be next Karnataka CM: Karnataka Governor has invited B S Yeddyurappa to form govt, official communication has been received. Governor gave 15 days to prove majority and the oath ceremony would take place at 9 am tomorrow, according to BJP member Basavaraj Bommai. BJPScreenshot of Karnataka Governor’s letter inviting BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form government 2. Congress press conference after BJP claims: Karnataka Governor should not resort to a perilous path; he must invite JD(S)-Congress to form govt, said Congress. “Law declared by Supreme Court binding on all; Karnataka Governor should not act illegally”, the party added. BJP leader had claimed that Karnataka Governor had given nod to Yeddyurappa to form government on May 17. The leader then deleted his tweet. BJP tweetBJP Karnataka’s Twitter handle @BJP4Karnataka announced the swearing in of Yeddyurappa, but later deleted the tweet 3. Karma catching up with Congress-JD(S), says Ram Madhav: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav today saw ‘karma’ catching up with the Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka as he recalled the dismissal of the BJP government in Gujarat in 1996 involving some of the key protagonists in the political drama unfolding currently in the southern state. H D Deve Gowda, now JD(S) president, was the prime minister at the time, the then Gujarat Governor Krishna Pal Singh was a former Congress leader and the state BJP chief was Vajubhai Vala, now the Karnataka governor, Madhav said, sharing an “interesting note” he received on WhatsApp. The then president, Shankar Dayal Sharma, had imposed the President’s Rule in the state on the recommendations of the Gowda government, supported by the Congress. Suresh Mehta was the state chief minister and had proved his government’s majority in the assembly but was dismissed for an alleged constitutional crisis in the state. “Karma comes to haunt the Congress in Karnataka after 22 years,” the post shared by Madhav on social media said. “How is this story relevant after 22 years in Karnataka? Because those quoting verses of morality, constitutional ethics & conventions were perpetrators of murdering democracy and numerous elected governments right from Nehru,” it said.
Source: Business Standard