May 20, 2018

Intense jockeying begins for power in Karnataka amid claims of bribery

17 May 2018, 09:49 | Taylor George

2/10 Early figures gave the BJP a major lead and party workers in capital New Delhi burst into celebrations

Early figures gave the BJP a major lead and party workers in capital New Delhi burst into celebrations

BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai also confirmed the same and said, "Governor has invited BS Yeddyurappa to form a government, official communication has been received, the Governor gave 15 days to prove majority".

Yeddyurappa took oath as chief minister this morning. Congress MLA Amaragowda Linganagowda told the media that BJP has sought his support and that they also offered him ministership.

Right after being sworn-in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday announced that his government will be waiving off all farm loans up to Rs 1 lakh for farmers in the state.

The Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa saying it could not intervene in the Governor's decision.

Gubernatorial decisions on who should be invited to form a government when no single party has a majority tend to get criticized, especially when the governor is a retired politician.

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He was elected for the eighth time from the Shikaripura assembly segment in Shivamogga district of the Malnad region on May 12 when polling was held in 222 constituencies across the state and results were declared on Tuesday. We will have to wait and see which party would finally form the government and who would be elected as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. "So I am going with Congress", HD Kuamaraswamy, JD (S) asserted on the collision of BJP in 2004-2005. Both the alliance and the BJP have met the governor, staking claim to government.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka but one thing is clear that they are readying themselves for the 2019 battle. The court also observed that the general trend of its past judgments was not to issue injunction or restrain the governor.

Terming the post-poll alliance as unholy, 75-year-old Yeddyurappa said, "Despite the fact that people's support is with BJP, Congress and JD (S) created a coalition after election and are trying to grab power even though people out rightly rejected these parties". The bench has settled the question on the norm of inviting the single largest party by laying down that the Governor can invite an alliance of parties, pre-poll or post-poll, if he or she is convinced that they have the majority and can form a stable government. "I want to know whether this is black or white money", Kumaraswamy told a press conference. The JD (S) ended up with 38 seats.

The BJP's performance has defied exit poll results which predicted a hung assembly.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Jethmalani seeking urgent hearing and said that a three-judge special bench, which had heard petitions filed by the Congress party and the Janata Dal (Secular) in the early hours, would re-assemble tomorrow.

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