Karnataka BJP MLAs elect Yeddyurappa as their leader

Karnataka BJP MLAs elect Yeddyurappa as their leader

That gives the BJP enough time to start shoring up its numbers by poaching defectors from the Congress or the Janta Dal-Secular (JD-S), which formed a post-election alliance and came up with 118 MLAs.

A day after Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Vala invited BJP to form the government, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday moved the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against the Karnataka governor's decision saying it was a "gross abuse of constitutional power". While Siddaramaiah declared Kumaraswamy can never be the chief minister of Karnataka, the latter warned the then CM to mind his language.

BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa was therefore sworn in as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on Thursday. He said he would stake claim to form the Government. Addressing media persons, he said, "I have been offered from both sides. However, all options will always remain open to the Congress", party's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala had said when asked what would the party do if the governor calls the BJP to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly.

The BJP might try to lure as many disgruntled MLAs as possible from the Congress and the JD (S), which have 78 and 37 legislators, respectively. Would the BJP have succeeded in getting Governor's invitation to form government in Goa or Manipur if the central government was in the hands of the Congress or some other party or coalition?

Singhvi said that they were not sure how much time Yeddyurppa himself had sought from the Governor to prove the majority but as per their information, the BJP leader had sought seven days time.

Olympic medal winner Rajyavardhan Singh migrated successfully from sports to politics
Olympic medal winner Rajyavardhan Singh migrated successfully from sports to politics

However, the spotlight also throws into relief the acrimonious campaign the two parties ran against each other, and raises questions on the stability of the government their alliance can even offer to the people of Karnataka.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, suggesting that the Congress would have fared better with a pre-poll alliance with the JD (S), urged Deve Gowda to keep the BJP out of the state with the aid of Congress. If Congress and JD (S) leaders are looking for a quick getaway this election season, there are several destinations they could consider.

Victory continued to elude Congress in February 2018, when the party again emerged as the single largest one in the Meghalaya Assembly election this year with 21 seats, closely followed by National People's Party (NPP) with 19 seats.

Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 112 seats to form the government.

The new BJP government has 15 days to gather enough support to survive a vote in the legislature on its leadership. "So I am going with Congress", HD Kuamaraswamy, JD (S) asserted on the collision of BJP in 2004-2005.

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