Bangalore (Karnataka) , May 16 : The suspense over who is going to form the government in Karnataka is finally over. Karnataka Governor has now officially invited Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)'s B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka and has given 15 days to prove majority. According to BJP member Basavaraj Bommai, Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister on Thursday at 9 am. However, the rest of the cabinet will be sworn in only after proving its majority, according to BJP member Murlidhar Rao.
This comes after BJP leader Suresh Kumar had made the same announcement on Twitter but had later deleted the tweet. "B S Yeddyurappa will take oath as chief minister at 9.30 am at Raj Bhavan tomorrow. Let us all gather on this happy occasion," Kumar said in a tweet in Kannada. There was, however, no official communique from Raj Bhavan. Right after his tweet, the BJP Karnataka official Twitter handle said, "BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at Raj Bhavan. The movement to build our Suvarna Karnataka has begun". Minutes later, the tweet was deleted.
Lashing out at Congress, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The party that blew up the constitution to shambles is teaching us the constitution, the party that imposed President rule the most number of times is giving us lessons." His comments came after Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala was "constitutionally obliged" to invite the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) post-poll alliance to form the government in the state.
Earlier, MLAs and MPs of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) had warned to sit on a 'dharna' outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow if they are not invited by Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala to prove their majority to form the government in Karnataka. Congress also threatened to approach the Supreme Court of India in case the Governor invited BJP to form government.
Siddaramaiah had earlier accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading. Union minister Prakash Javadekar dismissed as imaginary JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy's charge that BJP was offering Rs 1 billion (Rs 100 crore) to lure its MLAs. JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy claims that BJP is trying to "bribe" its way to power through "horsetrading" after falling short of majority, alleges that his party's MLAs are being offered Rs 1 billion to break away. H D Kumaraswamy is elected leader of JD(S) legislature party. B S Yeddyurappa is elected leader of BJP legislature party, meets governor and gives letter about his unanimous election to the post, says he should be asked to take oath as chief minister.(Agencies )