New Delhi: After a day of high-political drama, Karnataka Governor Vijubhai Vala has reportedly invited BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the next government in the state.

News agency ANI reported on Wednesday night that Governor Vala sent out a letter inviting Yeddyurappa to take oath as the next CM. He also asked him to indicate the ‘time, date and the place for the swearing-in ceremony.’ BJP’s Basavaraj Bommai also confirmed that the letter of invite had indeed been received and that the oath-taking ceremony would take place at 0900hours on Thursday.

 

 

There is likely to be massive furore over the Governor’s decision to invite BJP to form the next government despite the fact that it emerged as the single-largest party after counting of votes on Tuesday. Congress offered unconditional support to JDS and staked claim to form the government as it had crossed the half-way mark after the two combined. The party also accused BJP of trying to lure Congress MLAs by offering crores of money. As a result, Congress MLAs were taken to a resort just outside Bengaluru after HD Kumaraswamy of JDS submitted signed letters of support from all of them to Governor Vala.

In a press conference shortly before the official confirmation of Governor Vala’s invite to Yeddyurappa, senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and RS Surjewala had said that if BJP is allowed to form government, the Governor would be encouraging poaching. BJP will now have to prove its majority on the floor of the legislative assembly in fifteen days from Thursday and critics feel the party could indulge in horse trading to make up for the shortfall.



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