UPDATE: BS Yeddiyurappa sworn in as chief minister, the forth time in Karnataka, Friday evening by Governor Vajubahi Vala at an event at Rashtrapati Bhavan. IHN-NN
BENGALURU: BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa will form the next government in Karnataka, just days after the fall of the JDS-Congress ministry led by HD Kumaraswamy. Yeddyurappa has been invited by state governor Vajubhai Vala this morning to form an alternative ministry, in view of the fact that the BJP is the single largest party in the assembly and claims support of a majority of MLAs, including those who have defected from the Congress.
Yeddy, 76, will have to prove his majority on or before July 31. Since the defectors from the Congress number more than the required number under the anti-defection law, they cannot be disqualified.
Initially, reports had circulated that there would be a brief period of president’s rule in the state in view of the uncertainties in the state. Yeddyurappa surprised everyone this morning by meeting the governor and announcing that he would be forming the government right now. He said he got the nod from the BJP chief Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda this morning. The swearing in would take place in the evening.
It was Yeddy who formed a government immediately after the May assembly polls last year. It lasted just two days, as he could not muster a majority. The BJP on its own does not have a majority in the assembly even now. The JDS and the Congress then cobbled a post-poll alliance and amassed the required numbers to form the ministry. The HD Kumaraswamy government lasted 14 months. The BJP has a strength of 105 members in a house of 222. After defections that came in a flurry after the Lok Sabha polls, in which both JDS and Congress got only one seat each, the JDS-Congress alliance has support of only 100 legislators.
Yeddyurappa has strong backing of his forward Lingayat community while HDK seemingly enjoyed the support of the backward Vokkaligas. The Congress party’s support base spans all communities but is specific to the Dalits, the Muslims, the Brahmins etc. BJP too has strong Brahmin support.
Before the May assembly polls last year, a Congress government headed by Siddaramaiah ran the state for a five-year-term. IHN-NN