So who is a pro-tem speaker? In a sense, BSY's oath is provisional. Procedurally, the Governor elects the senior most member as the pro-tem Speaker. We are in touch with all of them and are confident of getting support of a minimum of 120, " she said.
BS Yeddyurapa's cabinet will be announced once he clears the floor test at the assembly. BJP leaders said efforts are on to prove their majority by contacting Congress and JD (S) leaders but if the party fails to achieve it, then it would use the situation to accuse the Congress and the JD (S) of stealing the mandate of the people and denying a Lingayat leader the chance to be the CM.
Vote was taken for only 222 seats following deferment of polling in RR Nagar constituency over allegations of electoral malpractices, and countermanding of election to Jayanagar seat due to the death of the BJP candidate. The Congress has dramatically backed the JD (S) for chief ministership and both parties are likely to parade their MLAs before Governor Vajubhai Vala today morning. But is it really possible?
The Congress legislators are now at Eagleton Golf Resorts, in the outskirts of Bengaluru, while the JD (S) legislators are in a five-star hotel within the city.
Attempts by the BJP to woo away newly elected legislators from the Congress and JD (S) - by getting them to resign or abstain from voting in a floor test in the hung assembly in Karnataka - have resulted in a number of these MLAs adopting a wait-and-watch attitude with regard to their allegiances.
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This way, the BJP will be able to bring down the strength of the house, to 206.
Several top leaders of the Congress, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Gehlot sat on dharna and were later joined by JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda and the combine's chief ministerial contender HD Kumaraswamy.
If the BJP's Operation Kamala 2.0 does not succeed, it will ensure that the Congress and JD (S) coalition will have the ability to elect a Speaker as they now have 116 MLAs.
Yeddyurappa takes over the Chief Minister role from Siddaramaiah, who was the 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka from 2013 to 2018. He added that the party has Kerala and two other options (which he did not name), if they do decide to leave the state.
"Nothing is finalized yet, but all (Congress legislators) are at Eagleton now", Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress working president said on Thursday. Singh's resignation from Congress will prove to be a major set back for congress- JD (S) pact, who is still dreaming to form a government in Karnataka.
Meanwhile, the Congress has said that it would observe "Save Democracy Day" across the country on Friday in protest against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to "illegally" invite BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state.