Karnataka Governor invites BJP to form govt

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"We received a communique from the Raj Bhavan, inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath at 9.30 a.m.", BJP state unit spokesman Vamanacharya told IANS here. He alleged that BJP is trying to bribe his party's MLAs saying, "JDS MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each". Where is this black money coming from? Former state home minister Ramalinga Reddy had accused the BJP at the Centre of tapping telephonic conversations of Congress leaders. The Supreme Court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court. Replying to a question, he rejected outright the possibility of forming a coalition government with the BJP.

Despite having the numbers by their side, the JD (S)-Congress post-poll alliance may not be able to halt the saffron juggernaut in the southern state. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. The bench headed by Justice AK Sikri, while seeking Yeddyurappa's response on the petition by Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) seeking to stall his swearing-in, has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 am on Friday. We are not in the habit of practising horsetrading. For, the salience of the Karnataka election result is that if only the Congress and the JD (S) had forged a pre-poll alliance, the BJP would have been decimated in Sunday's poll. "Let us all gather on this happy occasion", MLA Suresh Kumar said in a tweet. Nor was it a vote for the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as many political pundits would like us to believe. However, at the time of going to press, there has been no official communication from the Governor's office.

According to media reports, while all the newly-elected Congress MLAs were called in for a meeting, the Congress couldn't get in touch with three of its legislators - Rajshekhar Patil, B Nagendra and Anand Singh. "If we are not, people will beat us", he told TV channel India Today. Although BJP emerged the single largest party with 104 seats, Congress with 75 seats quickly reached out to JD (S) with 38 and staked claim to form government with Kumaraswamy at the helm.

The decision as to who would be invited to form government rests with Governor Vajubhai Vala, and there have been precedents for both options in the past.

Earlier in the day, the new Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers unanimously elected Yeddyurappa as their legislative party leader.

As soon as the results were declared Tuesday, the Congress and the JD (S) swiftly landed at Raj Bhavan and submitted a letter claiming that together they had 116 MLAs, four more than the majority mark.

Speculations are also rife about Congress MLAs already booking rooms at the Eagleton resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

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