India court allows Modi's BJP to form state govt despite lacking majority

PoliticsKarnataka Elections 2018       Resort politics is the last resort for Congress to keep its flock together
       
       	        D.K. Singh         17 May 2018

PoliticsKarnataka Elections 2018 Resort politics is the last resort for Congress to keep its flock together D.K. Singh 17 May 2018

Vala has given the BJP 15 days' time to prove its majority.

The Congress party, which lost sole control of the state in Saturday's election, tried to stop the BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa from taking the oath as chief minister by stitching up a last-minute coalition with a smaller regional party.

The apex court said that the swearing-in is subject to the final outcome of the matter before it.

While BJP and Congress prepared for round 2 of the legal challenge, non-BJP parties mounted a coordinated political protest in states where they were not in power despite being the single-largest party in the assembly. The BJP top brass instead relied more on Yeddyurappa's rivals - the infamous Reddy brothers of Ballari and Union minister Ananth Kumar - during candidate selection while Shah micro-managed the campaign strategy.

While the BJP argued that they were the single largest party to be invited first by the Governor, the JD (S) and Congress said that 112 is the majority and Congress-JDS combine is at 117.

The Congress (78) and the JD (S) (38) had joined hands after the election and staked claim to form the government.

After Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the chief minister, the Congress on Thursday claimed that he will turn out to be a "one-day chief minister" as he lacks majority. I know they are threatening MLAs. In a stern warning, he said that he has also been contacted by BJP MLAs, adding that if the BJP tries to take JD (S) leaders away, they will cause double the damage.

The swearing-in ceremony was conducted in the aftermath of Supreme Court of India refusing to issue a stay order on it, as requested by Congress-JDS. They said that the governor has assured to reply after reviewing the winners' list released by the Election Commission. "He is indirectly encouraging horse- trading", Yeddyurappa's predecessor Siddramaiah said. People should be made aware of what is going on.

"I may also direct you that you would seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the house showing that you command the confidence of the House. Parliamentary democracy", he said.

Former Prime Minister and JD (S) supremo H. D. Deve Gowda, State JD (S) President H.D. Kumaraswamy, former CM Siddharamaiah and other leaders took part in the protest that ended by afternoon.

According to senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar, party MLAs are in a safe resort. The pre-poll and exit poll results predicted that the state would have hung assembly and JD (S) would play a crucial role in forming the next government.

"How this Central Government is behaving?"

Allowing 15 days time to prove majority is widely seen as an invitation to horse-trading to manufacture a majority, particularly in an atmosphere dominated by allegations of inducements. I'm sorry I have to protect my interests, ' another Cong MLA who spoke to Singh told me, says Kumaraswamy.

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