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Yeddyurappa will be sworn-in as CM tomorrow, confirms Governor

17 May 2018, 09:49 | Erica Roy

Yeddyurappa will be sworn-in as CM tomorrow, confirms Governor

Kumaraswamy to write to Mamata Banerjee and political leaders to protect democracy

The BJP has 104 of the 222 MLAs elected in the 12 May election, and has been given 15 days by governor Vajubhai Vala to prove his majority.

On Tuesday, outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah even said JD (S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, son of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, will be the next chief minister.

As projections after voting showed a hung Assembly, Mayawati asked her close aide and party Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Siddharth, who is also Karnataka BSP in charge, to meet Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

After a dramatic post-midnight hearing in India's Supreme Court, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finally managed to get the go-ahead to form a government in the southern state of Karnataka. Then, in this situation, on what basis he (Yeddyurppa) has staked claim to form the government?

Accusing the BJP of using the central government machinery to target opposition leaders, Kumaraswamy denied meeting any BJP leader, but admitted that many newly elected legislators from the BJP and Congress were in touch with him on government formation.

This is the third time Yeddyurappa took oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister, a decade after he became the BJP's first Chief Minister in south India in May 2008 when the party came to power for the first time in Karnataka.

It is being heard that Congress was never more spontaneous in taking such a strategic decision during poll results but the party took everyone by surprise with its master plan.

Shankar from Ranebennur has offered his support to BJP, boosting their confidence to form the government.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had won 75 seats, emerging as the largest party in the state, though not enough to form a majority on its own.

However, in a result that has perplexed both expert poll analysts and voters alike, the party that has emerged as the real victor is Janata Dal (Secular), led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. If Congress and JD (S) leaders are looking for a quick getaway this election season, there are several destinations they could consider.

"Shamelessly they (BJP) have taken the help of Ballari mafia also", he said while referring to the mining scam-tainted Reddy brothers who were back in circulation in the BJP. BJP is hungry for forming government, added Kumaraswamy. The bench also wondered how BJP would prove majority crossing the half way mark, 112, when Congress-JD (S) had 116 MLAs. "Fearless statements alone will not give him the leadership (in the anti-BJP front)", Reddy added.

Victory continued to elude Congress in February 2018, when the party again emerged as the single largest one in the Meghalaya Assembly election this year with 21 seats, closely followed by National People's Party (NPP) with 19 seats.

It is quite natural that both these "secular" parties have chose to keep the BJP out of power, he said.

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