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Yeddyurappa Stakes Claim to Form BJP Govt in Karnataka

17 May 2018

A fractured verdict in the Assembly polls has moved the battle from the war field to the war rooms. For, the salience of the Karnataka election result is that if only the Congress and the JD (S) had forged a pre-poll alliance, the BJP would have been decimated in Sunday's poll. As per rules, another no-trust motion can not be introduced for a minimum of six months. As per reports, BJP leaders are seeking out the Governor to grant them a week's time to prove their majority in the house.

After being heavily outnumbered by the BJP during the counting of votes yesterday, the Congress struck a deal with the JD (S).

Dividing Hindus has clearly backfired for Congress and they must be aware of it as far strategizing for Lok Sabha Elections is concerned.

However, it is an irony that a judgement, that had its origin in Karnataka, is coming in the way of the BJP to form their government in Karnataka. The Supreme Court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court.

"We have the numbers", JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy said to the press after meeting the Governor.

Kumaraswamy says that the BJP even tried to bring rift in their family by trying to wean away his brother Revanna who was unhappy politically. Mayawati's BSP, a JD (S) ally, and Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) have won one seat each.

Opposition leaders who spoke to Deve Gowda urged him to shed any misgivings in joining hands with Congress after a hard fought electoral battle against the party. Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media in the company of outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the JD (S) and the Congress "will meet the Governor and stake claim".

Both coalition partners have made a decision to hold separate legislature meetings on Saturday.

According to the start-up founders and executives Mint spoke to, delays in forming the government might create an unstable political environment, which is not favourable for start-ups in Bengaluru, also known as India's silicon valley. Honorable Governor Vajubhai Vala will be sworn in in Raj Bhavan.

Both national parties have won and lost in Karnataka, creating an opportunity for a regional party to cash in. Former state home minister Ramalinga Reddy had accused the BJP at the Centre of tapping telephonic conversations of Congress leaders. Sources said that KPCC president G Parameshwara will most likely bag that role. This was conveyed to JD (S) spokesperson Danish Ali when Ghulam Nabi Azad met him on Sunday night.

Governor Vajubhai Vala is obviously not in a position to decide on his own, though as speaker of the Gujarat Assembly he had earned the reputation of being non-partisan.

Yeddyurappa Stakes Claim to Form BJP Govt in Karnataka