Kumaraswamy slams Governor for inviting Yeddyurappa to form govt

In 2008, he served a 39-month stint after leading the party to victory.

BJP's legislature party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa took oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister here on Thursday hours after the Supreme Court declined to stay his swearing-in ceremony.

The Congress has dramatically backed the JD (S) for chief ministership and both parties are likely to parade their MLAs before Governor Vajubhai Vala today morning.

Since the Congress and JD (S) did not have a pre-poll alliance, it remains to be seen if he invites Kumaraswamy to form the government.

Yeddyurappa said he too would meet the governor in the evening to stake claim to form the government.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked Jethmalani to mention his plea on Friday before the bench concerned.

In one of the rare incidents, the Supreme Court began hearing the plea at 1:45 am on Thursday.

Murlidhar Rao, in charge of the Karnataka BJP, told Asia Times: "We are the single largest party". BJP is the single largest party, Congress is second and JD (S) is third.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP and BS Yeddyurappa, said that no injunction can be issued to the governor and urged the court to dismiss the petition right away as it is misconceived. I have given the letter to the Governor and he would call me.

"Congress should take the leadership to unite all the democratic, secular and anti-BJP parties, and it should be well-planned".

Kumaraswamy after meeting governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday said, "We heard that they are trying to do Operation Kamal now also".

"I salute the Supreme Court".

Calling himself a "free man", Kumaraswamy, a former chief minister, said he was not anxious about any development that could stall efforts to form a coalition dispensation with the Congress.

The dramatic turn of events that saw BJP's jubilations swinging up and down throughout the day spoiled its hopes to form its own Government in Karntaka - its gateway to the south. "Will heavens fall if somebody is sworn in?".

However, the Attorney General told the bench, "We really do not know what was the basis of which the Governor invited him (Yeddyurppa)".

Venugopal intervened and said, "Everything is reversible".

Justice Bobde countered: "That is the other point".

Top sources in the BJP had already confirmed to Asia Times that the governor would invite the BJP to form a government after the tight poll result.

"But let the swearing-in go on". The court observed that it was preposterous to argue, before MLAs take oath, they were not amenable to anti-defection law and it meant it was an open invitation to horse-trading. While Kumaraswamy had sought to parade the 117 MLAs supporting him to Governor, he reportedly turned down gently.

  • Leroy Wright