BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka CM at 9 AM on Friday, May 17, 2018, after the Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in after a rare three-and-a-half-hour midnight courtroom drama.

The situation in Karnataka has finally clearly visible now, and it will be a BJP government with a few renegades from both the parties and the job is done. Forget about democracy; forget about the justness of the cause, the result matters.

However, it can be best described as a miscarriage of democracy when a party with a lesser vote margin, (36.2 percent) managed to get more seats than Congress with 38 percent votes. Poor Congress lost the ballot despite winning the popular election, much akin to Hillary Clinton who polled more votes than Trump but still lost the race.

The Governor has invited the saffron party to form a government by being the biggest party in the state. The party has been given 15 days to prove its majority on the floor of the house.

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Another dramatic development is unfolding!

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal(S) asking the highest court of the land to stop the swearing-in ceremony tomorrow. The Supreme Court CJI has approved a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde, and Ashok Bhushan to hear the matter in court number six.

The bench after hearing the appeal made three points-

  • Past judgments are not meant to restrain the Governor
  • Can the Supreme Court restrain a Governor from inviting any party to form a government?
  • Was it not convenient to ask the largest party to form a government?

There are intense jockeying and high drama with allegation flying thick and fast of horse trading.

As soon as Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP, Congress cried foul and accused the Governor of acting as a stooge of the Central Government. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy who is dreaming of becoming the Chief Minister with Congress support has accused the BJP of trying to pouch MLA’s by offering monetary baits.

One MLA has even gone to the media revealing that he was offered Rs 100 crores and a ministerial post. CM Siddaramaiah has accused the Prime Minister of encouraging horse-trading to ensure that the BJP comes into power.

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For HD Devegowda it was grim irony since he had a tryst with destiny way back in 1996. Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister then, and Vajubhai Vala was a minister in the Gujarat government in 1996. At that time Vala watched helplessly as Deve Gowda dismissed the BJP government in Gujarat. Fate ordained a full circle, and this time it seems the tables have been turned. The biggest problem for Gowda is to keep his flock together from pouching attempts by BJP.

Congress protests

Meanwhile, the Congress is claiming a high moral ground and its leader R Chidambaram asking what is preventing the Governor from extending an invitation to the JD(S), and Congress combine to form a government.

Contrary to news reports, former Karnataka Minister DK Shivkumar told India Today that all the 78 Congress MLA’s are with him and will defeat any designs by the saffron party to break its unity. He said that the state’s voters had voted the Congress back to power and democracy will win in the end. He added that the JD(S) and Congress combine will form the government in the state.

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However, it may not be on the moral high ground some may say! The alliance is a pure opportunist coalition to keep the BJP out of power.

The coalition did not fight the election together, and if they had, the BJP would have been trounced thoroughly. Meanwhile, the State Police officials and Collectors in Karnataka have been asked to provide security to BJP offices and houses of all MLAs according to some news sources.

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