New Delhi, May 20: Janata-Dal-Secular’s legislative party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday, May 23. Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Kumaraswamy to form the next government in Karnataka, following the resignation of BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa ahead of his trust vote. “The Governor has invited me to form the next government as the leader of the JD-S legislative party with the support of the Congress, which is our alliance partner,” Kumaraswamy told the media outside the Raj Bhavan.
The oath-taking ceremony had earlier been planned for Monday, May 21, but was later postponed due to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, according to the reports. The JD(S) leader also said that Governor Vala has given him 15 days to prove majority in the 224-member legislative assembly. The invitation to Kumaraswamy came a few hours after BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister saying that he failed to muster the number required to form the government. Before announcing his resignation, Yeddyurappa said that he will “lose nothing by losing power” and that his life is “for the people”.
As the three-day BJP government collapsed in Karnataka, Celebrations broke out at the Congress party office. “Our cadres celebrated the victory of democracy by breaking hundreds of coconuts minutes after Yeddyurappa resigned and the three-day BJP government fell,” Congress spokesman Ravi Gowda told IANS. Terming Yeddyurappa’s resignation as a victory of the Constitution and the rule of law, former Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah said democracy had won in Karnataka.
The day, however, didn’t end at the celebrations. Soon after Yeddyurappa resigned for failing to muster support to cross the majority mark, other parties blamed Governor Vajubhai Vala for the whole fiasco and demanded his resignation. Here’s the top developments of day:
Governor Vala to be blamed for Karnataka fiasco: Sharad Pawar
Blaming Governor Vala for the whole situation, Sharad Pawar said that he was not expecting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will go to any extent for power. “I was not expecting the BJP will go to any extent for power, I was wrong. If the governor has any sense, he must resign. I congratulate the MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S),” he said. (Also Read: Horse-trading Allegations Baseless, BJP Never Wanted MLAs From Congress, Says Amit Shah)
Sitaram Yechury also slammed the Governor for creating the situation in Karnataka and said, “The corrupt and criminal designs of the BJP have been defeated. This shows the Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form a government was against his constitutional mandate. If the Governor of Karnataka has any shame left, he should submit his resignation as well.”
PM Modi is corruption: Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his “corruption-free India is a blatant lie”. Speaking at the press conference, Rahul Gandhi said, “You’ve seen openly how the PM directly authorized purchasing of MLAs in Karnataka, so the idea that PM spreads in the country that he is fighting corruption, is a blatant lie, he is corruption.”
“BJP’s plan to derail the democracy has failed. The BJP disrespects everything. I am very proud that the Congress and JD(S) together defeated the BJP and will continue to do so,” he said.
Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam compares Karnataka Governor to a dog
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Saturday courted controversy after he compared Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to a dog and remarked that he has set a benchmark in terms of loyalty. Speaking to ANI, Nirupam said that possibility is high that every Indian will name their dogs after Vajubhai Vala because of the ‘loyalty’ he showed towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Vajubhai Vala had invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government on Wednesday.
“Iss desh mein wafadari ka naya kirtimaan sthaapit kiya hai Vajubhai Vala ji ne, ab shayad India ka har aadmi apne kutte ka naam Vajubhai Vala hi rakhega kyunki isse zyada wafaadaar koi ho nahi sakta,” he had said.
Yeddyurappa wouldn’t have resigned if BJP did horse-trading: Prakash Javadekar
Slamming the Congress party for the horse-trading allegations at the BJP after the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “If we were doing horse-trading, we needed only seven MLAs. But we didn’t do any such thing that is why we resigned no.”
Praising Yeddyurappa over his decision to resign, Javadekar said, “Yeddyurappa showed how democracy is respected, he touched many hearts. However, the Congress on the other hand, instead of praising him was alleging that we were doing horse-trading.”