Karnataka moves on : BJP’s legislature gathering meets now, will stake claim next

After weeks of political uncertainty and turmoil in Karnataka,the Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to stake claim to form the next government after the legislature party gathering today.

This comes a day after the Congress-JD( S ) government in the state collapsed after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 of the BJP in the assembly.finishing off nearly three-week-long high politics drama.

The coalition needed 103 votes in its prefer to win the motion as 20 MLAs — Congress-JD( S ) ( 17 ) , BSP ( 1 ) , Independents ( 2 ) — skipped proceedings , reducing the valuable strength of the House to 205.

“We will have the legislative party meeting today and will wait for the directions from the parliamentary board . It might have come . . . Next we will stake claim to form the administration,” BJP state general secretary C T Ravi told PTI.

The party may approach Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday and stake claim to form the government, they mentioned.

A large number of BJP leaders and even workers thronged the party office here as the lodestone of power shifted from the coalition partners — Congress and JD( S ), to BJP.

“We were all looking forward to this glorious moment . The voters had BJP as their first choice . Now that the BJP is ready to form the government , there is occasion all over the state,” actor-turned-politician Tara told reporters outside the BJP office.
Meanwhile,the rebel MLAs have decided to not come back to Bengaluru.

“There are no immediate blueprints to return to Bengalure. We can stay here for some more time,”rebel JD( S ) MLA from Hunsur A H Vishwanath told PTI.

He,however, refused to comment on a query whether the disgruntled legislators were waiting for the BJP government to come to energy.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to the Karnataka governor shortly after losing the self confidence action in the assembly, capping a strong potential struggle triggered by a raft of resignations by rebel MLAs that motivated the government to the brink of crash.

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