Kumaraswamy attacks BJP, says JDS MLAs being offered Rs 100 Cr each

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It should be obvious to any reasonable analyst that the BJP can cobble together a majority only by resorting to underhand methods, putting to good use its vast war chest; and, the Congress and the JD (S) can come together only by repudiating their pre-election postures.

As projections after voting showed a hung Assembly, Mayawati asked her close aide and party Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Siddharth, who is also Karnataka BSP in charge, to meet Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

He said in Jharkhand in 2005, Goa in 2017 and in the Jagadambika Pal case in Uttar Pradesh, the court advanced the date of floor test from seven days to 48 hours. JD (S) and Congress leaders have staged protests across the state. The BJP needs eight MLAs and two Congress MLAs, Anand Singh and Pratapgouda Patil, have already "gone missing". The Congress managed to get 78 seats only, which is 44 seats lesser than the last time Karnataka went to polls in 2013.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked the veteran lawyer to make his submission before the three-judge bench led by Justice AK Sikri on May 18 when the petitions of Congress-JD (S) would be taken up for further hearing.

After almost 24 hours of 'nataka', all eyes in Karnataka - and the rest of the country - are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD (S)-Congress combine. Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed. The governor is bound under the constitutional and legal provisions to invite the Congress-JD (S) coalition to form government.

However, the move delivered a severe blow to the BJP's reputation as a "party with a difference".

Responding to the accusation, Mr Shah, in a tweet, said, "The "Murder of Democracy" happens the minute a desperate Congress made an "opportunist" offer to the JD (S), not for Karnataka's welfare but for their petty political gains".

On October 15 that year, he surrendered before the Lokayukta court, after it issued a warrant against him in connection with alleged land scams, and was in jail for a week, dealing a body blow to the BJP's claim of being a party with a difference.

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 increased its tally by 65 seats. The BJP relied on the Supreme Court ruling when they took over power in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Kumaraswamy said though which party to invite first is the prerogative of the governor, "without the numbers how can they (BJP) form the government". For Modi, Karnataka is important for two reasons. "The Congress [coalition] has a clear majority".

"I may also direct you that you would seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the House showing that you command the confidence of the House".

The Congress and the JD (S) have a history of tripping each other up politically, although the JD (S) has not done a very good job of keeping its word to the BJP either.

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