It can be said that at last the suspense of Karnataka elections will come to an end very soon. Or will it?
Late on Wednesday night, the Karnataka governor invited BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. He will take oath at 9 am on Thursday as the next chief minister of the state. He now has 15 days to prove his majority.
However, the Congress approached the chief justice of India late on Wednesday night seeking a stay on the swearing in or at least reducing the time given to Yeddyurappa to prove the majority on the floor of the assembly.
Earlier, the Karnataka governor Valubhai Vala gave the chance to the BJP to form the government first. While the JD(S)-Congress combined had reached Raj Bhavan first and told the Governor that as a combination they had the majority magic number, the BJP was called in first to prove that it has a majority.
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi was consulted by the governor Vala about the situation.
In the evening at Raj Bhavan, JD(S)-Cong meet the governor where he had reportedly assured them. Vala reportedly had told them that he would take a decision after consulting legal experts and would also keep in mind the instances of Goa and Manipur.
Earlier in the day, the high drama from Tuesday continued.
Accusations of horse trading with his party’s MLAs were levelled against the BJP by JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy. He said that the BJP had offered Rs 100 crore and a number of cabinet posts to some of the newly elected legislators. He termed this act as being a “desperate” attempt by the BJP to come to power in Karnataka.
“Our legislators have been offered Rs 100 crore and cabinet seats by the BJP in return for support,” the former Chief Minister alleged at a press conference.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were named by the JD (S) leader in the offer of the bribe.
“This attempt by the BJP to poach our legislators will backfire as there are people who are willing to leave the BJP to support us (JD-S),” he alleged.
He said that the required majority to form a government was possessed by the Congress JD(S) combination.
“We will be meeting the Governor again on Wednesday evening to urge him to give us a chance to form the government as we have the majority of MLAs.”
The BJP was also accused of using the central government machinery to try and influence the opposition leaders by Kumaraswamy. He also refuted conjecture that he had help secret meetings with any BJP leader after the declaration of the results. He however conceded that many of the newly elected legislators from the BJP and Congress were in touch with him on government formation.
Karnataka assembly polls presented a hung assembly with BJP emerging as the single largest party but without a clear majority. Congress, the second largest party, offered unconditional support to the JD(S) to from the government.
(Adapted from News18.com)