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35% of Winning MLAs In Karnataka Have Pending Criminal Cases

18 May 2018, 05:48 | Taylor George

Karnataka election results: JD(S) accepts Cong's alliance offer; updates

Celebrations began at the BJP headquarters in Bengaluru as well and party cadres were of the view that the saffron party would obtain majority and form the government

The Supreme Court said that while it was allowing the swearing-in ceremony of the BJP leader to proceed, it would on Friday hear the petition filed by those two parties have filed.

Despite emerging as the single largest party, the BJP fell short of the majority in the Karnataka Assembly elections and the Governor has given 15 days time to Yeddyurappa to prove majority on the floor of Assembly. "All 38 MLAs are with me" says the leader.

The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman took the oath alone after the newly formed JD (S)-Congress alliance knocked the door of the Supreme Court to stall government formation. BJP had won in 110 seats in those elections, and had later planned defections of Opposition MLAs to form the government.

The Congress legislators are now at Eagleton Golf Resorts, in the outskirts of Bengaluru, while the JD (S) legislators are in a five-star hotel within the city. A Congress MLA told me Anand Singh called him and told him "they are using ED (Enforcement Directorate), I had a case in ED and they are going to screw me".

In Byatarayanapura, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Congress MLA and Minister Krishna Byre Gowda scrapped through with 5,671 more votes - a razor-thin margin considering both he and the BJP candidate polled in over one lakh votes.

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A BJP government in Karnataka will also help Modi silence critics who said his popularity had waned after the implementation of a nationwide sales tax and a ban on high-value bank notes late in 2016.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka chief minister on Thursday.

Governor gives Mr Yeddyurappa 15 days to convert the number 104 into 111. In 2018 election, Congress had emerged as the largest party but invited BJP to form the government. "The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a government in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn't have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution". The Congress and JD (S) are together and protested against the unconstitutional and undemocratic decision of the Governor which was also against the Supreme Court judgement delivered 14 months ago.

The Congress also chose to observe tomorrow as "Save Democracy Day" saying party workers across the country will hold protests and dharnas at all district headquarters against Vala's "illegal" decision to allow BS Yeddyurappa to take over as chief minister, "despite being in a minority".

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