Kumaraswamy gets Governor’s invite; To take charge next week

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru: JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and party MLAs show victory sign to celebrate after Yediyurappa announced his resignation before the floor test, at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, May 19, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and party MLAs show victory sign to celebrate after Yediyurappa announced his resignation before the floor test, at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, May 19, 2018.
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Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who will be heading the Congress-JD(S) alliance got a call from Karnataka governor this evening to take oath as a next Chief Minister. He will take oath next week and will have to prove numbers within 15 days.

Earlier, he had said the Congress-JDS combine was not in a hurry and was awaiting an invitation from the Karnataka governor for government formation in the state.

“We are not in a hurry. We are waiting for an invitation from the governor,” HD Kumaraswamy told reporters soon after the developments in Karnataka assembly.

Asked about the future course of action, Kumaraswamy said the leaders of the Congress and the JD(S) would sit together and take a decision on it.

The Congress has already categorically stated that it will be a Kumaraswamy-headed government in the southern state.

The May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls threw up a hung Assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party with a tally of 104 seats, but falling short of a majority. The Congress-JD(S) combine has staked the claim with the governor to form the government, saying they have 117 MLAs in the 224-member House, with an effective strength of 221.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the coalition government of Congress and the JD(S) would not last long as it was an “unholy nexus.”

“BJP alone can give a stable government,” Kumar told reporters, adding the party cadres would not sit idle even for a minute and would take the “Congress’ story of betrayal” to every village of Karnataka.

“The new government born out of unholy nexus of Congress and JD(S) won’t stay for long. Only BJP can give the stable government. The mandate was given to BJP as the people of the state had rejected Congress,” he said.

He also said people of Karnataka rejected Congress and people of Chamundeshwari constituency rejected Siddaramaiah whereas JDS became a “marginal” party.

“It is a shame for the Congress party that despite having 78 seats, they have fallen at the feet of JD(S) just to stop BJP,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)