The BJP and JD(S) paraded 129 MLAs before Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Monday to prove their coalition enjoyed a majority in the 225 member assembly. But whether the governor will invite them to form the government remained an open question.
Less than a month ago, on October 3, the two parties had broken their alliance, bringing down then chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s government. Besides, a significant number of the JD(S)’s 58 MLAs, led by M.P. Prakash have refused to endorse the reunion.
The 129 MLAs included the BJP’s entire 79-member legislature party, but only 41 from the JD(S), apart from three from the JD(U) and six Independents. All of them handed over letters supporting BS Yediyurappa, the BJP legislature party leader, as chief minister to the governor. They also submitted a copy of the resolution, passed at a joint legislature party meeting of the BJP and JD(S) earlier, which elected Yediyurappa as leader of the coalition.
“The Governor has assured us that he will send a report to the Centre seeking the installation of a popular government,” said DV Sadananda Gowda, president of the state BJP.
Prakash, along with four JD(S) MLAs, also submitted a letter to the governor urging him not to accept the BJP-JD(S) claim, since proper procedures were not followed at the JD(S) legislature party meeting which decided to support Yediyurappa. “The alliance is illegal and unethical,” he said.
Subsequently, another group of eight JD(S) MLAs led by PGR Sindhia requested the governor not to encourge the opportunistic alliance”. All efforts by Kumaraswamy and other JD(S) leaders to win over the rebels proved futile.
JD(S) patriach HD Deve Gowda shot off a letter to the governor supporting a Yediyurappa-led government. Only five days ago he had written to the governor, the Prime Minister and the President asking them not to entertain any claims for a new government in the state, and to call for elections.
Congress leaders are awaiting the arrival of Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday to formulate a strategy. “We will support Prakash after consultations with our Central leaders,” former chief minister Dharam Singh said.