The counting of 222 constituency seats has been completed. As a last minute surprise, the Congress party has conformance alliance with JDS by offering the Chief Minister post to JDS candidate Kumaraswamy.
"Rs 100 crore figure is not only imaginary but it is what the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular do politics with". It has also claimed support of an independent MLA. BJP is trying hard to get them.
In the run-up to the polls, the Lingayat row was touted as the most important point of discussion among the voters, particularly in northern Karnataka, the Lingayat heartland, after the State Cabinet chose to recommend minority religion tag for Lingayats and not Lingayat-Veerashaiva as was demanded. This is one challenge where the regional parties will be more than eager to be led by the Congress.
However, highly placed sources studying constitutional options in Karnataka told Mirror that the biggest hitch the BJP in Karnataka is facing is that if Governor Vala invites the BJP, it would be in clear violation of the SR Bommai judgement. The other option, but not being given much weightage, is to resort to Operation Lotus - by poaching MLAs from Congress and JD (S) - to reach the magic number of 113. We bow our heads to the verdict. They have accepted our offer.
"We will issue notices to all the parties and say swearing in will be subject to the outcome of the petition", says SC. They don't believe in democracy, BJP just wants power. However, at the time of going to press, there has been no official communication from the Governor's office. No matter who the governor invites to form the next government, a new anti-BJP alliance has taken shape in Karnataka.
The apex court, during a rare post midnight hearing, also asked can it restrain the governor from inviting a party to form the government, to which senior lawyer and Congress leader A M Singhvi said the Supreme Court had done so in the past. "The low amount of voter turnout among Bengalurians and especially among the IT crowd, is because there is no stickiness between the local party leaders and the start-up and IT crowd themselves", added Mudda.
As the suspense continued, the BJP's state unit tweeted that Yeddyurappa would take oath at 9.30 am.
The suspense over government formation in Karnataka is over. Siddaramaiah had also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading. Horse trading is a familiar activity whenever an election delivers a hung Assembly, and even though the amount might never be known, the offers being made by either camp must be very lucrative, as the stakes are quite high. If Congress wins the remaining four, the combine will have 115 seats, enough for a majority.
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