The Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress combine and the BJP have submitted the list of MLAs supporting them. The JD(S) and the BJP have also completed the process of electing the leaders of their respective Legislature Parties.
The day has also seen the JD(S) accusing the BJP of indulging in horse-trading, which the latter dismissed as imagination.
All eyes are now on the Governor Vajubhai Vala, an old BJP hand.
Karnataka returned as hung Assembly on May 15 with the BJP scoring 104 seats, Congress 78 and the JD(S) 37. In a dramatic turn of events, the Congress has offered support to the JD(S), which was duly accepted by Mr. Kumaraswamy.
Mr. Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as Chief Minister at 9.30 a.m. on May 17, BJP spokesperson and Rajajinagar MLA S. Suresh Kumar tweets in Kannada.
“Let us take part in this momentous ceremony in large numbers,” Mr. Kumar added in the tweet.
BJP men approached me, claims BSP MLA Mahesh
The lone Bahujan Samaj Party MLA N. Mahesh, who has been elected from Kollegal constituency in Chamarajanagar district, has claimed that some BJP office-bearers got in touch with him seeking support to form government. “However, I asked them to get in touch with our national leader Mayawati. I am firmly with JD(S),” he said. The BSP went to polls in alliance with the JD(S). It contested in 20 seats and won in one.
Congress, JD(S) MLAs meet Governor
Members of the Congress and JD(S) met the Governor of Karnataka at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday. KPCC President G. Parameshwara, who met the Governor along with JD(S) chief H. D. Kumaraswamy, said letters with signature of 117 MLAs were submitted to the Governor.
“The Governor has promised that he will get back to us after seeking legal opinion on the matter,” he said.
When asked if all the MLAs are with the parties both Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Parameshwara said, “they were intact.”
Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Governor told the delegation that after consulting legal experts on the Supreme Court judgments, he would “come to a decision and inform us about it.” Next step has to be decided by the Governor, he added.
“Governor said he will decide about considering our claim in accordance with the Constitution. I hope that he will abide by the Constitution and give his direction,” he said.
Mr. Parameshwara said a copy of the resolution passed at the Congress Legislature Party was submitted to the Governor.
The Governor said he would act in accordance with the law, based on apex court judgments and as per the constitution while also looking at precedents followed earlier in states like Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur, he said.
‘Governor’s decision after gazette notification’
Election Commission sources say that the gazette notification on the conclusion of poll process is likely to be submitted to the Governor’s office in a couple of hours. The Governor is expected to take a call on inviting which group to form government after receiving the notification.
Governor’s office being misused: CPI (M)
In a statement, the Left party alleged that the constitutional office of the Governor was being misused in the southern state.
“The politburo of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the time given to the BJP to indulge in naked horse-trading and the use of money power to muster a majority in the Karnataka Assembly.
Source: The Hindu