New Delhi, May 22: Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a practice of losing elections but forming the government and this trend has stopped in recent Karnataka elections. He also assured that Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and he will be attending the oath-taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy scheduled to be tomorrow, on May 23. Also Read - Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Vows 'Strict Action' Against Culprit After Pregnant Elephant Dies on Being Fed Cracker-Stuffed Pineapple in Malappuram
HD Kumaraswamy will be taking oath as chief minister tomorrow alone and the rest of his cabinet will take oath after the trust vote, which is also likely to be held on May 23. Kumaraswamy had invited Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati to attend his swearing-in ceremony. (Also Read: I Was Constantly in Touch With Those Missing MLAs: Cong Leader DK Shivakumar, H D Kumaraswamy Likely to Take Oath Alone as Karnataka CM on May 23) Also Read - Coronavirus in Karnataka: Health Minister Sriramulu Attends Procession, Social Distancing Norms Flouted | Watch
After election result declared on May 15, the Karnataka state has witnessed the high political drama. First, Karnataka governor had invited BJP to form the government and gave them 15 days time to prove their majority on the floor to assembly. Following which, the Congress had moved to the Supreme Court. Hearing the plea, the Supreme Court had reduced the time given by the Governor to the BJP to prove simple majority in the house and asked the party to hold the trust vote May 19 at 4 pm. (ALSO READ: Karnataka Result Was an Anti-Congress Mandate, Says Amit Shah)
In Karnataka elections, the BJP won 104 of the 222 seats, falling eight short of the 112-halfway mark. The Congress bagged 78 seats and the JD-S 37 along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The Karnataka Assembly has a total strength of 224. Elections to 2 seats were deferred and voting took place for 222 seats. The total number in the House will go down from 222 to 221 as H D Kumaraswamy, who contested from two seats and won from both, will have to vacate one seat.