Karnataka: Fate of govt formation depends on Governor’s move now

He also confirmed that the party is already in touch with JDS supremo HD Devegowda and if possible the party leaders will meet the Governor along with JDS leaders

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Bengaluru: Thanks to the fractured verdict as an outcome of the recently concluded general elections on 12 May, much depends upon the crucial role the State Governor takes in this regard in the formation of the new government.

Although the Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the single largest party bagging 104 seats, the huge surge didn’t make any sense in being in a position to form a government on its own as it failed to cross the magical 112 number.

But on the other hand, the ruling Congress though reduced from 123 to 78 managed to strike a truce with the Janata Dal-Secular with 38 seats on hand and declared unconditional support to the JDS in forming a new alliance government. Two Independents have pledged support to the Congress.

Elections are due in Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwarinagar constituencies as the Jayanagar elections had to be countermanded following the demise of BN Vijaykumar, sitting BJP MLA and party candidate. The polling to Rajarajeshwarinagar constituency has been deferred to 28 May following a seizure of around 10,000 voter ID cards in an apartment of the constituency.

HD Kumaraswamy has handsomely won in both, Ramanagar and channapatna constituencies and elections are inevitable in either of these constituencies sooner or later.

As a result of hung Assembly coming into being the cheerful mood in the saffron party in no time transformed into a gloomy weather with clouds of uncertainty pervading the cadres assembled in big numbers in front of the party headquarters in Malleswaram.

G Parameshwar, KPCC President and Siddaramaiah, outgoing Chief Minister announced at a hurriedly called press conference in the chief minister’s official residence: We have accepted the mandate of the people and have decided to extend unconditional support to the Janata Dal-Secular to form an alliance government.

At the same time Gulam Nabi Azad, a veteran party leader who was also present on the occasion along with Ashok Gehlot, former Rajasthan chief minister clarified: We are open to whatever choice the JDS is prepared to make for the chief minister’s post.

He also confirmed that the party is already in touch with JDS supremo HD Devegowda and if possible the party leaders will meet the Governor along with JDS leaders.

The Congress leaders announcement was soon reciprocated from Padmanabhanagar residence of HD Devegowda which has now become the power centre of the state now.

Ahmed Patel, AICC Treasurer and Sonia Gandhi, former AICC president are also said to have spoken to Devegowda and persuaded him to accept the offer of unconditional support to form a government.

Once the announcement of a Congress-supported JDS government became public BJP leaders sprung into action and BS Yeddyurappa, State party president and a chief ministerial candidate declared: The people of State have ousted the Siddaramaiah government for its anti people policies but it still wants to come back to power from back doors by supporting the JDS.

Later the BJP leaders went into confabulations and later came out into open when BS Yeddyurappa claimed: We are meeting the Governor to put forth our claim of forming the government for being the single largest party.

As a sequel of an unfolding of piquant political situation, the sworn bitter enemies Siddaramaiah found time to meet HD Devegowda at the latter’s residence and HD Kumaraswamy in a private hotel. These meetings are purported to be focused on the modalities in forming the next government in the state.

It’s now said that the task of forming the next government lies with the Governor’s office.