BANGALORE: Disregarding the list claiming the support of 117 MLAs submitted by the Janata Dal (S) and the Congress, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Bharatiya Janata Party legislature party leader B S Yedyurappa to form a government in the state.
Yedyurappa, who heads the 104-legislature party, said he will take the oath of office at 9 am on Thursday. The governor has given the BJP 15 days to prove his majority on the floor of the house.
Reports said that the governor took the decision after consulting with former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, who favoured inviting the single largest party first. Earlier, the JDS and Congress had met the governor at the Raj Bhavan and submitted a list of 117 MLAs supporting the coalition.
The delegation led by JDS state unit chief H D Kumaraswamy and KPCC president G Parameshwara met the governor after both the parties held legislature party meetings earlier in the day.
The Congress has termed the governor’s decision "shocking" and said it will tantamount to "murdering" democracy, "trampling" Constitution and disregarding all the precedents. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to answer as to how the governments were formed in Goa, Manipur.
He pointed out that they were all post-poll alliances in which the BJP was not the single largest party. “The Karnataka Governor is acting like a stooge of the BJP government; its illegal, unconstitutional, an immoral government will take oath tomorrow. The governor of Karnataka has shamed the office of the Governor,” he added.
The Congress is gearing up to challenge the governor’s decision in the Supreme Court. The party will meet Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and request an urgent hearing of their petition. Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Singhvi will represent the party in the court.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while addressing the press conference in Delhi said, “The party that blew up the constitution to shambles had no moral right to teach the BJP the constitution. The party that imposed President rule the most number of times is giving us lessons,” he added.