Reactions flew from the combined opposition camp as Yeddyurappa resigned before the trust vote leaving BJP from forming the government. Several opposition parties criticised the BJP even as they termed the developments as a “victory of secular democratic forces”.
“It’s a victory of secular democratic forces. The BJP never had the numbers, but the governor invited them to form government. The party was given time for horse-trading. Karnataka showed that the BJP’s downslide has started,” CPI leader D Raja said.
Yeddyurappa’s resignation will pave the way for formation of Congress-JDS government led by HD Kumaraswamy, who will reportedly take oath next week.
Congratulating the JD(S)-Congress combine, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said it was a victory of regional forces.
“Democracy wins. Congratulations Karnataka. Congratulations DeveGowda Ji, Kumaraswamy Ji, Congress and others. Victory of the ‘regional’ front,” she tweeted.
Ms Banerjee has mooted the idea of a Federal Front to take on the Narendra Modi government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
While in Patna, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said truth can never be defeated. “Truth can never be defeated! Truth will always defeat a lie or liar! #KarnatakaFloorTest,” Tejashwi said in a tweet.
Tejashwi had on Friday led a delegation of RJD, Congress, CPI-ML and HAM leaders to Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik to stake claim to form government in the state on the lines of Karnataka, where the single-largest party, the BJP, was invited to form the government, even though it fell short of a majority in the recently-concluded Assembly polls.
The RJD is the single-largest party in the 243-member Bihar Assembly with 80 MLAs. It is in alliance with the Congress in Bihar after the disintegration of the Grand Alliance ministry, headed by Nitish Kumar, in July last year.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too took on the BJP charging that the BJP’s attempt to “subvert democracy” in Karnataka has “failed miserably”.
“BJP’s attempts to subvert democracy have miserably failed in Karnataka. BJP’s lust for power through foul means stands completely exposed. Will BJP learn any lesson now? India’s judiciary has risen to the occasion and has safeguarded our democracy,” the Delhi chief minister wrote on Twitter.
While in Chennai, DMK said democracy in Karnataka was saved by the actions of the Supreme Court and greeted the leadership of the JD(S) and Congress.
“…May this herald the coming together of secular parties for the upcoming elections,” DMK working president M K Stalin said in a tweet, adding “Democracy in Karnataka has been saved by the actions
of the Supreme Court. I extend my congratulations to @hd_kumaraswamy and @INCIndia…”.
(With inputs from PTI)