New Delhi, May 17: Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not need 15 days to prove majority. He also claimed that the Congress MLAs, who had been holed up inside a resort, tortured, and are now being taken to Kerala, will vote for them (the BJP). “We are in power and we will prove our majority,” he said after taking oath as CM of Karnataka. Also Read - 'Talash Gumshuda Jan Sevak Ki', Missing Posters of Jyotiraditya Scindia Emerge in Gwalior; Congress Man Held
Reiterating the confidence of winning majority on the floor of the House while addressing the party workers, the Karnataka CM said, “I do not think we need 15 days to prove majority, despite the governor giving us time. I am confident that those Congress MLAs lodged in a private resort, who have undergone mental torture and harassment, will vote with the government.” Also Read - 'Will Sponsor Her Education in Any Stream': Lok Janshakti Party Offers to Sponsor Education of Bicycle Girl Jyoti Kumari
Accusing Congress party of keeping the MLAs in an “inhumane” condition at the resort, Yeddyurappa alleged that the party legislators are not being allowed to talk to their families. “The Congress has seized the mobile phones of their MLAs and are not even allowing them to speak to their spouses,” he said. The CM also said that had Sreeramulu campaigned for two more days in badami, Siddaramaiah would have lost the assembly seat. Also Read - Bicycle Girl Jyoti Kumari Wants to Appear for CFI Trials But Studies First Priority, Says Father
Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged that the BJP was resorting to horse-trading to get the required number. “BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand,” Siddaramaiah told reporters. The BJP’s Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka even though the party was short of the halfway mark of 112.
Soon after the Karnataka Election Results 2018, the Congress party and JD(S) joined hands and demanded that the opportunity of forming the government in the state be given to them since they, together, had crossed the majority mark. The development came a day after the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government after it emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats.
The Opposition parties claimed that if the BJP has been given a chance to form a government in Karnataka on the basis of the latter being the single largest party and not the numbers, why the same wasn’t done when the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in Manipur and Goa. Amid the high-political drama, the Opposition in other states have also sought time from the respective Governors of the states. (Also Read: What Made Karnataka Guv Take Such a Stupid Decision, It’s an Open Invitation to Corruption: Jethmalani)
Goa, Manipur And Other States Stake Claim to Form Govt
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday said that the party has decided to meet the Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form the government in the state. “Party has decided that we’ll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt,” he said.
The RJD will also hold a day-long agitation to protest against “the murder of democracy” in Karnataka. The Congress party will also hold a ‘Save Democracy Day’ after Yeddyurappa took oath as the CM of Karnataka.
Reterieting the same idea, the former Chief Ministers of Manipur and Meghalaya — Okram Ibobi Singh and Mukul Sangma — took appointments to meet their respective Governors to stake claim to form the governments in their respective states.
Speaking to news agency ANI, former Manipur CM OI Singh said, “We’re seeking appointment from Guv for tomorrow. We were single largest party and had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren’t invited to form govt. Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form govt, why not us?”