With his political future hanging by a slender thread, BS Yeddyrappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the third time on Thursday amid protests by the JD (S)-Congress combine whose MLAs hunkered down in resorts and hotels following alleged attempts at poaching by the BJP.
State Congress chiefs have been asked to address press conferences and give memorandums to respective governors to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to "safeguard democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution". The Congress and JD (S) are together and protested against the unconstitutional and undemocratic decision of the Governor which was also against the Supreme Court judgement delivered 14 months ago.
Last night, the Karnataka Governor invited Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) BS Yeddyurappa to form the government and prove majority on the floor of the House in 15 days.
The BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the May 12 elections which threw up a hung assembly. The party is likely to march with 16 of its MLAs to the Raj Bhawan tomorrow.
"I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years", Yeddyurappa, who has a 15-day window by the governor to prove his majority, told reporters. The party is expected to meet the Governor at 1 AM on Friday, May 18.
Parties like TMC, CPI-M and BSP, besides RJD stood in unison to target the BJP and asserted that if the single largest party was to form the government, then BJP governments in states like Bihar, Goa, Manipur and Meghayala should resign.
The Congress, which in alliance with the JD (S) had made a bid to form the government in the state, referred to a 2011 tweet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the recall of the then Karnataka governor and said, "We agree". "Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form the government, why not us?" he said.
In a turn of events, the JD (S) and Congress forge a post-poll alliance government.
Though the court did not stay the swearing-in, it kept the sword of Damocles hanging over him, making it clear that his stay at the helm of the state's affairs will be subject to the outcome of the case.