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India court allows Modi's BJP to form state govt despite lacking majority

18 May 2018
India court allows Modi's BJP to form state govt despite lacking majority

Yeddyurappa, who had released BJP's manifesto in Bengaluru last month, declared that the decision on loan waiver would be taken in the very first Cabinet meeting if voted to power.

Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the BJP, questioned the urgency of the matter to hear it at midnight as if "heavens will fall if a person is sworn in the morning".

He wrote, 'The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn't have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution...' The new CM did indicate after his swearing-in that he may not need that long to prove his majority.

The governor of Karnataka had invited the leader of the BJP Legislature Party which won the state Assembly elections as the largest single party.

While political watchers point to the precedent set by Manipur and Goa previous year, where the BJP went on to form the government despite the Congress being the single largest party in a hung Assembly, there is a lesson closer home.

Within hours of taking oath on May 17, Yeddyurappa said, "I had promised the farmers that I would waive off crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh soon after I become the Chief Minister".

"The Congress never staked claim in Goa".

Congress and Janata Dal also claim the support of two independents and have accused the BJP of trying to bribe their lawmakers to switch sides.

"The election outcome, regardless of who controls the government, already shows the BJP remains popular, they can swing states that are otherwise challenging to win, and still have a superior political strategy", said Shailesh Kumar, Asia director at political risk firm Eurasia Group. "The Congress is synonymous with the word forgery".

"It's our responsibility to give security to our MLAs".

As of now, the two richest leaders Shivakumar and Gali brothers are the cynosure of all eyes in Karnataka crisis. The logistics for the same were being worked out. Heated arguments broke out between the Police and the MLAs as they were restrained.

All eyes are now on the SC and what call it takes. The court also disregarded senior advocate Manu Singhvi's plea that the governor's decision was subject to judicial review.

The Supreme Court bench, which also comprised Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, today in a pre-dawn hearing refused to stay Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka chief minister after the Congress-JD (S) combine made a last-ditch attempt to stall the saffron party's surge in the southern state. "Unless we see that letter of support, we can not speculate", said Justice SA Bobde, one of the three judges on the bench. "The order of the Governor is an open invitation to for corruption", Jethmalani said.