The results of Karnataka Assembly polls must have come as a disappointment for Congress and its ambitions for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but it can take some solace from the fact that it was able to deny BJP an outright victory in the crucial southern state
Karnataka Election Result 2018 LIVE updates: The BJP has tweeted yet again that BS Yeddyurappa will take the oath of office tomorrow at 9.00 am. The party claims that the governor has officially invited it to form a government.
Over twenty four hours after the Karnataka verdict came out, there is still no clarity over what is happening in the state. After an election that threw up a hung House, news channels are reporting that the governor has picked BJP at 104 to form government despite JD(S) and Congress parading 117 MLAs. However, Raj Bhawan has refused to corroborate and the BJP too seems to have jumped the gun, which has retracted a tweet claiming that BSY will take oath of office tomorrow.
The action is back in Bengalurur's Raj Bhavan as most news channels speculate that the governor may invite BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form the government tonight. Reports also claimed that the governor reached to the conclusion after consulting several legal experts including former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi. BJP sources further claimed that Yeddyurappa is all set to take oath tomorrow afternoon at 12.20 pm, a timing arrived at after due consultations from astrologers, news reports said.
The elected leader of JD(S), Congress alliance HD Kumaraswamy met the governor at his residence in Bengaluru. He said that he has submitted letters of support from 117 MLAs to the governor as he hoped that he will go by the Constitution. Kumaraswamy also said that the governor has assured him that he is consulting legal experts on the issue and will convey his decision to both parties.
Political allegations are flying thick and fast as intense jockeying happens in Karnataka to grab power. In a latest, BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje alleged that phones of senior BJP leaders are being tapped. They claimed that the outgoing Congress government is misusing the state machinery to snoop into their conversations.
The JD(S) and Congress MLAs are being moved to the Eagleton resort in the outskirts of Bengaluru until a formal decision from the Rajya Sabha comes. The legislators are being kept incommunicado to ensure they are not influenced or lured by the BJP. HD Kumaraswamy leads delegation to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm.
According to various media reports, the Raj Bhawan is likely to formally invite BS Yeddyurappa to form a government at 6pm. Raj Bhawan sources told CNN-News18 that the governor is going by the Constitutional interpretation that the single largest party must first be given a chance.
Following claims of BJP trying to poach MLAs, Congress and JD(S) have both asked their MLAs to sign a letter of support in favour of HD Kumaraswamy. Speaking to reporters, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they are still waiting for an appointment from the Raj Bhawan.
HD Kumaraswamy is set to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan shortly. He has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs today. The JD(S) accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs today. He also condemned PM Narendra Modi for saying the BJP will rule Karnataka even without the requisite numbers. Just a short while ago, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.
Kumaraswamy has been elected the House leader in JD(S) Legislature Party meeting. Addressing a press briefing, he says the BJP got 104 seats by “dividing secular votes”. He has condemned PM Narendra Modi for saying the BJP will rule Karnataka even without the requisite numbers. Just a short while ago, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.
BS Yeddyurappa has submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Addressing the media while leaving the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Yeddyurappa said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress and JD(S) are also holding meetings with their respective MLAs and have readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts and have alleged attempts by the BJP to poach at least five MLAs. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.
BS Yeddyurappa has reached the Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala and to stake claim to form the Karnataka government. He was elected the House leader at BJP’s Legislature Party meeting in Bengaluru a short while ago. Yeddyurappa will reportedly seek time to be sworn-in as CM tomorrow. The Congress and JD(S) are also holding meetings with their respective MLAs and have readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts and have alleged attempts by the BJP to poach at least five MLAs. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.
BJP's pre-poll chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is confident of defeating the Congress-JD(S) alliance, telling media outlets that he will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Union minister and Karnataka campaign in-charge Prakash Javadekar called the Congress and JD(S) alliance a "marriage of convenience". "People of Karnataka have rejected the Congress. Their attempts to come to power through backdoor means is not appreciated by the people. It (JDS-Congress alliance) is a marriage of convenience," he said.
According to CNN-News18, Congress president spoke to Ghulam Nabi Azad and asked him to put up a full fight. The Congress, reportedly, will make it a legal fight if Governor Vajubhai Vala calls the BJP first.
Congress leader DK Shivakumar confirmed there was a plan to move the MLAs to a resort after the legislative party meeting. "Entire country is looking at this. Yes, there is a plan to shift MLAs to a resort. We have to safeguard our MLAs," he said.
Congress MLA DK Shivakumar told reporters on Tuesday that the BJP was trying to poach the party MLAs. "They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that," he said.
Speaking to ANI, senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said the party will definitely form the government in Karnataka. "There is no doubt we will form govt, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day," he said.
The BJP high-command has reportedly asked the Reddy brothers to mobilise MLAs in view of the possibility of a trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly. Janardhana Reddy, along with B Sreeramulu, is said to be in touch with JD(S) and Congress MLAs, reported News18.
According to CNN-News18, the JD(S) legislative party meeting is set to take place at around 9-9.30 am at the hotel. The Congress is likely to hold a meeting at 8:30 am and later meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bahavan. Meanwhile, the governor's office is tight lipped about who he will meet on Tuesday.
After quite an eventful counting day on Tuesday, the focus will now shift to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala over who he will invite to form the next government. Both Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy (Congress-JDS combine) met the governor on Tuesday evening, claiming their stakes to form the new government.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah said: "I have called for a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). Newly elected Congress and JD(S) MLAs will be there. We are supporting JD(S) to form government and have sent this resolution to the governor. The Supreme Court said after Goa election that the group having more seats than required are invited. We have 117 seats."
As much as the Congress asserted that they would form government on their own, doubts crept into their mind on voting day, after exit polls predicted BJP getting more seats. It was then, three days ago, when the party dialed up JD(S) spokesperson Danish Ali, reported NDTV. Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was at the other end of the line. The two leaders met in Delhi and discussed the various outcomes and possibilities.
The BJP legislative party meeting is set to take place at 10.30 am on Wednesday. "I am going to be elected as party leader. After that all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form government. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides," declared the saffron party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.
The results of Karnataka Assembly polls must have come as a disappointment for the Congress and its ambitions for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but it can take some solace from the fact that it was, at least for the moment, able to deny the Bharatiya Janata Party an outright victory in the crucial southern state.
A four-member delegation of BJP leaders led by state unit President BS Yeddyurappa meet Governor Vajubhai Vala. Image courtesy: BJP
Learning from their past mistakes, the Congress on Tuesday moved swiftly to remain in the game as it extended support to JD(S) to form a government in Karnataka after the BJP failed to get a simple majority.
The move is seen as an attempt by the Congress to save yet another state from slipping out of its grasp. The Congress currently rules Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry.
Unlike in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the Congress failed to form its government despite being the single largest party, it quickly forged a post-poll alliance with the JD(S) in Karnataka and offered its support to the Deve Gowda outfit.
The attempt is also a bid to salvage its position in Karnataka, where the party's tally fell from 122 in 2013 to 78 and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lost from one of the two seats he contested.
The move will also help bolster the party's attempt to remain centre stage of a larger Opposition alliance against the Narendra Modi juggernaut in its bid to defeat the BJP.
On the other hand, the BJP may have fallen short of the majority mark in Karnataka, but its emergence as the single largest party — 0leaving the Congress far behind — reaffirmed its dominant position on the country's political map.
The saffron show in Karnataka will give a fresh impetus to the party's bid to expand its footprints in southern states especially Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, before the next Lok Sabha polls.
However, with both the Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP deciding to stake claim before the governor to form the government, it was not clear if Karnataka would become the latest state to turn saffron.
With inputs from agencies