The Congress slammed BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s move for government formation, saying that since the BJP did not have the numerical strength, it could not stake claim nor take the oath for any reason. “Corruption Icon and Former Jail Bird Shri @BSYBJP has used his excellent Horse Trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power,” the state Congress tweeted.
“People of Karnataka remember his disastrous tenure as CM between 2008-2011, which ended with BSY in Jail,” the tweet added. Condemning the BJP’s move, former Congress chief minister Siddarmaiah said Karnataka has become an experimental lab of the BJP.
He tweeted, “Karnataka Assembly has become an experimental lab for Karnataka BJP and the BJP backed governor to try unconstitutional ways to form government. In what article of the constitution is the governor allowed to permit the party to form govt that doesn’t have majority? It is shame!!”
He said the BJP has the strength of 105 which is way less than the half way mark. “In no way BJP can form the government if constitution is followed,” he said adding, this only proved that BJP has no belief in the democratic values. The JD(S) tweeted, “The strength of the house is 222 (after disqualification of three MLAs) and the half-way mark is 112. However, BS Yeddyurappa approached the governor saying that he has 105 MLAs with him.”
The party said the Governor’s decision to permit Yeddyurappa to take oath without raising any doubt was anti-democratic. Proving majority in the assembly, winning the by-elections to seats vacated by the resignation of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, and ministry formation will be an immediate challenge for Yeddyurappa, according to senior BJP leaders.
Yeddyurappa has to play a balancing act by ensuring that those within the party are not sidelined, while also accommodating the rebel Congress-JD(S) legislators, whose resignation led to the collapse of the coalition government and helped the BJP to come to power, sources added.