India's BJP forms new government in Karnataka -- for now

India's BJP forms new government in Karnataka -- for now

India's BJP forms new government in Karnataka -- for now

The latest fractured mandate has given the three main parties an opportunity to form post-poll alliances and prove their majority on the floor of the House. They need the support of seven more MLAs to reach the halfway mark.

There will now nearly certainly be a bidding war, which could lead to a holiday for MLAs who, as often happens in state polls, may be virtually locked up in comfortable holiday locations (see below) without mobile and internet connections to keep them away from rival parties.

The JD (S)'s manifesto even began with a criticism of the Congress, though it had refrained from naming the BJP, mentioning only a "one party favors the pseudo ideology of Hindutva, without knowing the inclusiveness and plurality of Hindu Philosophy". BS Yeddyurappa met the state governor to stake claim after being elected leader of BJP legislature party. Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed.

Singhvi has raised the issue of Goa and how Congress was deprived to form the government in Goa despite being single largest party.

This indicated a new willingness by the Congress to link up with other parties and, if necessary, let them take the lead. The BJP has, as of now, 105 MLAs, including the independent candidate who gave support to the party.

The Congress has termed the move to form a BJP government in Karnataka as "illegal and against the law and Constitution".

Under a rotational chief ministership arrangement, Kumaraswamy became the chief minister and Yeddyurappa his deputy. The focus now shifts to the floor of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly where the BJP will have to prove it has a majority.

"The scope of judicial review would be on the same or similar grounds on which the executive action of the State is challengeable under constitutional or administrative law principles evolved by this Court, namely, non-compliance with the requirements of natural justice, irrational or arbitrary, perverse, irrelevant to the objective or extraneous grounds weighed with the President, misdirection in law or mala fide or colourable exercise of power, on all or some of the principles".

The Supreme Court said that it can't overturn the decision of the Governor without seeing on what basis the BJP had claimed to have the numbers.

The BJP "master strategists" were serenaded for their unsentimental ability to suborn MLAs, and for their willingness to use the state's coercive instruments to bend leaders and players to suit the ruling party's preferences. The BJP, which has won 104 seats.

Modi wants to secure Karnataka to keep his momentum going in the run-up to the general election.

BJP president Amit Shah is known for sharp political strategies, and the party is confident they will drum up the numbers to achieve a majority.

Mocking Congress for raising the specter of irregularities in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Pandey said that this was the usual modus operandi of the Congress Party that wastes no time in blaming the machines that happen to be the same machines where they have emerged victorious. As per a rule, the Governor does not have to invite the single largest party to come forward to form the government. To the BJP, Karnataka is the gateway to South India.

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