Karnataka: Swamy Meets Guv, But Tension Continues

Karnataka: Swamy Meets Guv, But Tension Continues

JDS and Congress leaders, who were initially denied entry into Raj Bhavan, have finally met Governor Vajubhai Vala. Kumaraswamy and only a few others have been invited inside Governor's residence while the rest have been made to wait outside. While Kumaraswamy had sought to parade the 117 MLAs supporting him to Governor, he reportedly turned down gently. As per JD(S) leaders, Vala assured them he would act as per Constitution and denied to meet the MLAs supporting Kumaraswamy.

Though Governor told Kumaraswamy that he would act as per Constitution, judgements of Supreme Court and previous precedents, tension continues in JD(S) and Congress camp. Vajubhai's close bond with Narendra Modi and his association with RSS are bothering JD(S) leaders.

On the other hand, Congress is leaving no leaf unturned to avoid poaching from the BJP considering its past experience in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya. Congress has decided to approach the Supreme Court in case the Governor decides to invite the BJP to form government. There is also a plan B - approaching President Ram Nath Kovind for redressal. The JD(S) earlier threatened they would hold a sit-down strike outside the Governor's House in case he refused to meet them. But, Governor had met Kumaraswamy and pacified him.

If reports are anything to go by, Vajubhai is likely to take a crucial decision by tonight regarding the formation of the next government in Karnataka. While BJP's Yeddyurappa is quite confident of a positive decisioin from the governor and is even making preparations for his swearing-in ceremony, JD(S) and Congress team is a worried lot. At the moment, the elected legislative members in Karnataka are going through anxious moments.