GOVERNOR RAMESHWAR Thakur asked the day-old BJP government in Karnataka on Tuesday to prove its strength on the floor on November 19, four days ahead of the date picked by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
According to sources, political instability continues to haunt the state with JD(S) crying foul over certain key appointments and decisions by the BJP administration and is considering a change in their stand. “Instead of participating in the ministry, the JD(S) could merely support the BJP government from outside,” a party spokesperson said.
A meeting of the legislature party in the state capital will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the issue, sources said.
The chief minister, however, refrained from allocating portfolios to four BJP ministers and is expected to carry out the exercise only after their coalition partner joins the ministry. Another senior BJP leader and chief minister-aspirant, K.S. Eswarappa, who did not make it to the cabinet expressed his ire at the party office.
An emergency meeting of the cabinet decided to convene a day’s session of the Assembly on November 19, in view of the letter from the governor asking the BJP lead coalition to prove its majority within eight days of taking oath. “We were not told about any time limit when a formal invitation for the formation of the government was given to us,” Yeddyurappa said.