BJP resorting to "horsetrading", alleges Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government in the state By IANS Last updated

Karnataka Governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government in the state By IANS Last updated

The governor plays a similar role in the states. The JD (S) averaged just 10,709 votes in the two-party contest. "Yechury, Sonia Gandhi, and Deve Gowda have always had a good equation". The JD (S)-Congress tie-up should remind the saffron crowd that it does not have a monopoly over political chicanery.

The idea was to take the alliance to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

It seems that Jethmalani is not in support of the opposition parties, but has objections with the governor's decision, which he deems as being unconstitutional.

Singhvi has raised the issue of Goa and how Congress was deprived to form the government in Goa despite being single largest party. "JD-S who won only 37 seats and lost their deposits on several others", he said. The party has also managed to substantially improve its seat count and vote share from the 2013 assembly election. Kumaraswamy has been chosen as Assembly leader. Chief Minister Bommai was dismissed and he had approached the Supreme Court. HD Kumaraswamy said, "JD (S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 Cr each". But when Congress and JDS combined, BJP is behind 9 MLA's to form the government. The BJP relied on the Supreme Court ruling when they took over power in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.

He was made the chief minister once again after the BJP came to power in May 2008 but had to step down in July 2011 following his indictment by the then Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde in an illegal mining case. Reportedly, similar sentiments were voiced by some Congress leaders as well. The BJP, which has won 104 seats.

However, Union minister Prakash Javadekar rubbished Kumaraswamy's charge saying it is "imaginary".

"I wonder if he will still go to temples as he did during the campaign phase of the election", Modi asked in reference to Rahul Gandhi's multiple visits to famous temples in South India to cement his "Indian-ness" as the BJP had tried hard to project him and his mother Sonia Gandhi, an Italian by birth, to label them as "foreigners". We are going by the rules. Similarly, what is our strategy with Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar?

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However, the move delivered a severe blow to the BJP's reputation as a "party with a difference". We have power to poach twice the number of BJP MLAs.

The NCP, DMK and Left agreed with the idea of a flexible Congress allying with regional forces against the BJP.

A national front will emerge from post-poll alliances, based on pre-poll adjustments.

If the Congress-JD (S) bonhomie does not last, the biggest gainer will be the BJP. The problem with the party is that they want everything. "We will not allow any such thing to happen". It would have helped them in 2019.

Constitutional law experts say a state governor has a lot of discretion in choosing which party to invite to form a government, whether it's the party with the highest amount of seats, though short of a majority, or a coalition of parties.

The Congress and the JD (S) have a history of tripping each other up politically, although the JD (S) has not done a very good job of keeping its word to the BJP either. A prior understanding with the JD (S) would have worked better...

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