After almost 24 hours of 'nataka', all eyes in Karnataka - and the rest of the country - are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD (S)-Congress combine.
Right after being sworn-in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday announced that his government will be waiving off all farm loans up to Rs 1 lakh for farmers in the state.
Speaking to reporters, Siddaramaiah termed as "unprecedented" Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to grant 15 days time to Yeddyurappa for proving majority in the assembly.
When the counting of votes ended on Tuesday, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats but fell 8 seats short of securing majority of 112 (only 222 constituencies out of 224 underwent elections as voting in two constituencies was suspended). Going by the BJP's claim on May 16 that an independent MLA has joined it, its latest tally is 105 and it now needs six more for a simple majority. It now appears that Congress and JD (S) legislators are heading back to the same place and rooms have already been booked. So the Left might seek poetic justice in sheltering Congress and JD (S) rivals, scotching the BJP's hopes of coming to power in a large state.
Kumaraswamy after meeting governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday said, "We heard that they are trying to do Operation Kamal now also".
He cited the instances of Goa and Manipur where the Congress had emerged as the single largest party sans majority but post-alliances were invited to form governments.
The hearing in court number 6 of the Supreme Court began after Abhishek Manu Singhvi filed a petition on behalf of the Congress-JD (S) alliance.
R. Shankar visited BJP leader and chief minister candidate Yeddyurappa at his residence offered his support.
The chief minister has also taken controversial decisions such as proposing a flag for the state and emphasising the use of the local Kannada language. The governor's calling the BJP front-runner to form the government would, this news-anchor declaimed, lead to horse-trading. When the Congress was in power at the Centre they did it in some states; and the BJP has followed in the footsteps of the "murderer of democracy" (their words).
"I salute the Supreme Court". Can a person who is there to save constitution, destroy it too? They have to be guided by the President, who is advised by the council of ministers. For Modi, Karnataka is important for two reasons.
R. Shankar won with a majority of 63,910 votes representing Karnataka Pranjavantha Janata Party.
After expressing confidence about sweeping the polls, Congress finally ended up with 78 seats, in bleak comparison to BJP's 104 seats.
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