Bengaluru, May 16, 2018 : A day after Karnataka delivered a hung Assembly on Tuesday with no party getting a clear majority to form government in the state, all the parties - BJP, Congress and JDS - paced up the race to Vidhan Soudha. All the parties held legislative party meetings. While the BJP elected BS Yeddyurappa as its leader, the JDS chose HD Kumaraswamy. Yeddyurappa met Karnataka Governor after being chosen legislative party leader. He said that the Governor had assured him of taking an appropriate decision over government formation in the state at the earliest. News agency ANI reported that two JDS and 12 Congress leaders skipped legislatve party meets, even as the parties accused the BJP of resorting to poaching.
The governor has given the BJP 15 days to prove it has a majority in a floor test.
The governor took the decision after consulting with former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, who favoured inviting the single largest party first, in this case the BJP. The JDS and Congress had met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in the evening when Vala had assured he will consult legal experts and consider the precedents of Goa and Manipur.
The JDS-Congress combine has 117 MLAs, well clear of the magic mark. The Congress is expected to address a press conference soon. The party has previously said that it would move the Supreme Court if denied the chance to form the government first.
Youth Congress protests against Governor in Karnataka
The Indian Youth Congress held a protest at 1 AM on Thursday, May 17, in New Delhi outside the Parliament, against the decision of the Karnataka governor to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state. The members of the body said that they were protesting against the BJP government killing democracy in the Karnataka elections.
Yuva Congress leaders and activists marched towards parliament from the IYC office in the protest.