Governor acted like BJP’s puppet & denigrated his office, says Congress
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS): As Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on Wednesday invited BJP legislature party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the new government in the state, the Congress said the Governor denigrated his office, trampled the Constitution and acted as a BJP puppet. “Vajubhai Vala denigrated the Governor’s office, trampled upon the Constitution, abused the law and acted as a BJP puppet. He chose to serve his masters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rather then serve the Constitution,” tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala,” he said.
Earlier, in a press briefing, Congress leader P. Chidambaram said the numbers of the Congress party and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) clearly established that the alliance had a majority in the Karnataka legislature. “The Governor, who is an exalted constitutional office, should not walk on a perilious path which is illegal,” Chidambaram said. He also said that the Governor was bound by the Supreme Court judgment to invite the leader of the alliance (H.D. Kumaraswamy) that has been formed and which commands majority in the legislative assembly.
The BJP state unit spokesman Vamanacharya told IANS that the Party has received a communique from the Raj Bhavan “inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath at 9.30 a.m.,”
BJP accused of offering Rs 100 cr to JD-S MLAs
Meanwhile, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to its newly elected legislators in a “desperate” attempt to form a government in Karnataka. “Our legislators have been offered Rs 100 crore and cabinet seats by the BJP in return for support,” the former Chief Minister alleged at a press conference.
The JD-S leader named Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for the offer.”This attempt by the BJP to poach our legislators will backfire as there are people who are willing to leave the BJP to support us (JD-S),” he alleged.