Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to form government in the state. Vajubhai Vala asked Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the house within two weeks of taking charge as Karnataka Chief Minister.
"I am in receipt of your letter informing me that you have been elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party of Karnataka. I am also in the receipt of your letter staking claim to form the government. I invite you to form the government and be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka", Governor Vajubhai Vala said in a letter addressed to Yeddyurappa.
Asking Yeddyurappa to indicate the date, time and place for scheduling the swearing in ceremony, the Governor directed Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the house. "This process should be completed within fifteen days from the date of the assumption of your office as the Chief Minister of Karnataka", Vajubahi said in the letter.
Soon after receiving the Governor's letter, the BJP decided that Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as Chief Minister at 09:00 am on Thursday.
The Karnataka state election process ended after counting of votes on Tuesday. According to the final result, the BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 104 seats. It was however still short of the halfway mark 112.
Sensing that the BJP is not in the position to form the government, Congress and Janata Dal (S) joined hands and asked the governor to invite them to form an alliance government in Karnataka. Congress has won 78 seats whereas JD(S) finished with 37 seats. They also claimed to have support of 02 independents.
Earlier in the morning on Wednesday, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy had accused the BJP of "horse trading". He said the BJP was offering 100 crore rupees to JD(S) MLAs for defection. The BJP denied the charges.
The Congress however moved the Supreme Court against the Governor's decision. The Congress termed the governor’s decision an “encounter of the Constitution”, and sought from the Supreme Court urgent relief in the matter.
The Congress also launched a fusillade against the Governor at a press conference, with Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala dubbing him a "stooge" of the BJP and accusing him of “encountering” the Constitution at the behest of Prime Minister Modi and the BJP chief.
Kumaraswamy also slammed Governor's invite to Yeddyurappa and accused the Modi government of misusing Constitutional institutions.
"We will not let it go easily...", a furious Kumaraswamy said shortly after the governor wrote to Yeddyurappa asking him to take oath. Kumaraswamy said the governor should have given three or four days time for Yeddyurappa to prove the majority.
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