New Delhi, May 17: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala on Wednesday invited the Bharatiya Janata Party’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government and to take oath as the next Chief Minister of the state. The Governor has given his 15 days time to prove majority on the floor of the House “showing that you command the confidence of the House”. BS Yeddyurappa’s oath taking ceremony will take place tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM.
The letter by Governor Vala read: “I invite you to form the Government and be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. 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. This process shall be completed within fifteen days from the date of the assumption of your office as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.”
Following the invitation letter to Yeddyurappa, Congress slammed the Governor saying that he has “shamed his office”. Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Randeep Vajubhai Vala said, “Governor denigrates the Governor’s office, tramples upon Constitution, abuses the law & acts as a BJP puppet. He chooses to serve his Master’s in BJP rather then serve the Constitution. As
@BJPKarnataka informed in advance, orders come from BJP HQ then the sanctity of office.”
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
“We want to ask Amit Shah ji that if two parties cannot come together in post poll coalition, then how did you form govts in Goa and Manipur by superseding single largest party? Governor has shamed his office,” Surjewala said. He added that the party will use all the legal and constitutional rights available.
Soon after, the Congress party moved Supreme Court against Karnataka governor’s invitation to BJP to form govt. Petitioners HD Devegowda and state Congress president G Parameswaran jointly moved the petition seeking a direction from SC. JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy said that by inviting BJP to form government in the state, “the governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders”. “This is unconstitutional,” he said.
The development came hours after JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and 37 JD(S) MLAs met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to the government. Addressing the press conference, HD Kumaraswamy said that the party has submitted a list of 117 MLAs required to form a stable government in Karnataka. The Governor, Kumaraswamy said, assured them that a decision will be taken as per the Constitution.
Results of the Karnataka Assembly polls announced on Tuesday evening showed that the BJP won 104 seats, emerging as the single largest party, while the Congress and JD(S) bagged 78 and 37 seats, respectively. Soon after, the Congress announced that it would support the JD(S), taking their total seat share to 117, thus resulting in a fractured mandate