BJP asked to form government in Karnataka despite lack of majority

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

The oath in Kannada language in the name of God and farmers was administered by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.

"I'm requesting my father to take a lead to request the chiefs of all regional parties, chief ministers and leaders of states to unite against the BJP, which wants to destroy democratic systems in this country", he said.

Getty India election 2018: Who is the Chief Minister of Karnataka? Along with one independent MLA, the BJP has staked the claim at forming the government. A pro-tem Speaker is appointed by the Governor of the state for a limited period of time or until the Legislative Assembly elects it Speaker. These MLAs then joined the BJP and won five out of eight seats for the BJP, taking its tally to 120 seats and strengthening the party's hold over the state.

A leader from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party was sworn in as chief minister of a key southern Indian state on May 17, despite lacking a majority, after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute bid to block the move.

Karnataka witnessed a fractured mandate on Tuesday with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats. But in Karnataka the single largest party has been called by the Governor to form government.

The bench of justices A.K. Sikri, S.A. Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, posted the matter for further hearing on Friday morning and ordered placing before it the letter of support from MLAs presented by the BJP to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala while staking claim to form the government.

The pro-tem Speaker will also oversee the election of Speaker of the Assembly, who is responsible for ordering a floor test, and even casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie. "This process shall be completed within 15 days of the assumption of your office as the Chief Minister of Karnataka".

The Congress also chose to observe tomorrow as "Save Democracy Day" saying party workers across the country will hold protests and dharnas at all district headquarters against Vala's "illegal" decision to allow BS Yeddyurappa to take over as chief minister, "despite being in a minority".

On Wednesday, the governor sided with the BJP however, asking it to form a government and prove its majority within 15 days in the assembly, according to a copy of a letter posted by the party on Twitter.

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