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Karnataka BJP leaders meet Amit Shah, await party leadership’s decision on next move

BJP is treading cautiously in Karnataka, where the Congress-JD(S) govt lost a trust vote, since the Speaker is yet to decide on the resignations of 15 rebel MLAs.

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New Delhi: A group of Karnataka BJP leaders met party president Amit Shah on Thursday as the party weighed its options following the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state.

The state BJP led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is keen to stake claim to form the next government but is waiting for the central leadership’s nod for its next move.

Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra, met Shah as they discussed the development in the state and explored the options ahead for the party.

With Speaker Ramesh Kumar yet to take a call on resignations of 15 rebel coalition MLAs and pleas by their parties to disqualify them, the BJP is treading cautiously as Kumar’s decision may have a serious bearing on the fate of the next government.

Also read: The big challenge Karnataka BJP will face if it forms government now

The state also needs to pass the finance bill before July 31. Sources said if a government is not in place before the month end, then imposition of the President’s rule may be a constitutional necessity for the passage of the bill, which is why the BJP is also consulting legal experts.

The HD Kumaraswamy government in the state fell on Tuesday after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 by the BJP in the assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama.

The coalition had needed 103 votes in its favour to win the motion as 20 MLAs Congress-JDS (17), BSP (1), Independents (2) skipped proceedings, reducing the effective strength of the House to 205.

Also read: 3 reasons why Yeddyurappa worked hard to topple Karnataka’s Congress-JD(S) govt


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  1. Prof PK Sharma,Freelance Journalist ,Barnala (Punjab)

    BJP treading a very shaky and risky path by doing so not only in Karnataka but whereever it wants to establish its supremacy and dominance.
    For the time being , it seems quite fascinating but in the long run these developments are not in the interests of the states and nation .

    This practice on the part of BJP is certainly a blow to spirit of federalism because BJP will not remain at the helm of centre for all the times to come,

    Another negative impact of this exercise which results from this tug of war between political outfits for show off is the frittering away of our
    rich human resources in futility when states and nation too are facing the music struggling on various fronts !

    ” As you sow so shall you reap”, the BJP ought to remember this universal phrase !
    That is why the BJP high command finds itself trapped in state of uncertainty and dilemma ?

    The future times for BJP too are not going to be bed of roses in Karnataka ! The MLAs deserting Congress and JD(S) now throwing their
    weight behind BJP cannot be taken for granted. Today if they can ditch their own parties why tomorrow BJP may not also fall a prey to this
    malady and malpractice ? Things may recoil and history may repeat itself who knows” how” and “when” ?

    Prof PK Sharma, Freelance Journalist
    Pom Anm Nest Barnala (Punjab)

  2. This is a 1/2 government at best. Amit Shah is half home minister and half BJP president. I say “at best” because it doesn’t have even a 1/2 prime minister. Narendra Modi is 1/3 PM, 1/3 FM and 1/3 FM. Two fs are Foreign and Finance. This 1/3 is only in terms of his time. In terms of “influence” on foreign and finance ministries, he is full FM. Nirmala Sitharaman is in charge of typist pool, and full time announcer. S. Jaishankar is ditto. He has thrown away his soot-boot, and is now learning to read from a typed piece of paper while his unruly classmates bang at their desks and make angry noises or snoring noises, whichever suits whomever. Then, once in a while Modi ji attends the class in a everytime-new-jacket and says something, and the boys go berserk with their desks. This is how somehow this 1/2 x 1/3 = 1/6 government chugs along. Jai Sri Ram

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