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Karnataka Governor likely to invite BJP to form government: Reports

The statesman 2018-05-16 14:51:36

B. S. Yeddyurappa (Photo: IANS)

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala will reportedly invite BS Yeddyurappa, the newly appointed BJP legislative party chief, to form the government in the state.

If the media reports are to be believed, Congress and the JD(S) are mulling approaching the Supreme Court if the Governor extends an invitation to the BJP.

It is being talked that Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has been asked to fly from Chandigarh to Delhi and draft a petition. The Congress and JD(S) are likely to appeal for urgent hearing in the matter.

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Earlier today, Yeddyurappa had staked claim to form the government though the party is eight seats short of a majority in the Assembly.

“We have staked claim to form the government as the single largest party with 104 legislators,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting Governor Vajubhai R. Vala at Raj Bhavan.

“I have requested the Governor to allow me to take oath as the Chief Minister at the earliest and the Governor said he would take an appropriate decision soon,” he added.

If Yeddyurappa is invited to form the government, the swearing-in ceremony will most likely be conducted on Thursday (May 17).

According to the final tally, the BJP won 104 seats, Congress won 78 and JD-S, won 38 seats, including an MLA of its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Meanwhile, the JD-S leader HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to its newly elected legislators in a “desperate” attempt to form the government in Karnataka.

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“Our legislators have been offered Rs 100 crore and cabinet seats by the BJP in return of support,” Kumaraswamy alleged at a press conference.

Union Ministry Prakash Javadekar dismissed the allegations of JD(S) by terming the charge as imaginary. He added that the BJP is going by the rules and is confident of forming the government.