Shobha Karandlaje accuses Congress of tapping BJP leaders' phones

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2018

Kumaraswamy had claimed that BJP is trying to "bribe" its way to power through "horsetrading" after falling short of majority, and alleged that his party's MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore to break away.

The Congress and JD (S) seem to have worked out a power-sharing formula for the next five years - while HD Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister, Congress will get to choose a Deputy CM and will reportedly go for a Dalit face.

So, even if the BJP, which is in power at the Centre and has a politically smart governor Vajubhai Vala in Karnataka, the Party will not be able to see itself being invited to form the government. In Manipur, Governor Napa Heptulla had invited the BJP to form the government on the same grounds. Congress is left with just Punjab, apart from the small hill state of Mizoram and federally-administered Puducherry. The second option, of poaching MLAs from other parties, is being actively pursued by both Congress and JD (S) too. The Janata Dal (Secular) got 38 seats, which is two seats less than its last election tally. We are not in the habit of practising horsetrading. In Karnataka, the Congress and JD (S) did not have a pre-poll alliance.

Kumaraswamy, on the other hand, trained his guns firmly on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, at the time of going to press, there has been no official communication from the Governor's office.

After the Congress declared its support to JD (S), Kumaraswamy wrote to the governor saying that he had accepted the offer to be the chief minister. "If we are not, people will beat us", he told TV channel India Today.

ALL EYES were on Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday after hotly-contested elections threw up a hung Assembly, forcing the BJP and a hurriedly stitched alliance of the Congress and the JD (S) to stake claim to form a Government.

According to the start-up founders and executives Mint spoke to, delays in forming the government might create an unstable political environment, which is not favourable for start-ups in Bengaluru, also known as India's silicon valley. "I hope that he will abide by the Constitution and give his direction", he said.

The first reports about the Governor's decision came when one of the BJP legislators, Suresh Kumar, tweeted that Yeddyurappa will be sworn in at 9.30 am tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the new Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers unanimously elected Yeddyurappa as their legislative party leader.

The Left, among the biggest proponents of opposition unity, welcomed the Congress' decision to support JD (S) and reiterated this was the need of the hour to defeat the BJP. Meanwhile, the newly elected Congress MLAs also met to discuss the strategy for government formation.

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