The BJP had approached the Karnataka High Court in the run-up to the 2018 Assembly elections over this issue.

Congress calls Yeddyurappa jailbird again as hes set to become CM for 4th time
news Politics Friday, July 26, 2019 - 12:58

With 76-year-old Lingayat strongman BS Yeddyurappa set to take oath for the fourth time as the chief minister of Karnataka on Friday, the Congress has again attacked him by calling him a “jailbird” and “corruption icon”.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) tweeted, “Corruption Icon and Former Jail Bird Shri @BSYBJP has used his excellent Horse Trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power.People of Karnataka remember his disastrous tenure as CM between 2008-2011, which ended with BSY in Jail. History is all set to repeat again.”

The tweet refers to Yeddyurappa’s prison stint in connection with a land notification case and his resignation as the CM in 2011, following his indictment in the illegal mining case by the Lokayukta.

This is not the first time that Yeddyurappa has been called “jailbird” by the Congress, in fact, the BJP had approached the Karnataka High Court over the issue in the run-up to the 2018 Assembly elections. 

In a subsequent tweet, the Congress called Thursday’s development as the butchery of democracy claiming it was “unconstitutional” for BS Yeddyurappa to stake claim without having a majority. They also questioned the role of the Governor.

“Parliamentary democracy is being butchered in Karnataka. How can @BSYBJP stake claim to form govt when they don't have the numbers? How can the Governor who is the safe keeper of the constitution give his consent? Where is the Rule of LAW!@narendramodi @AmitShah!” read the other tweet.

Similarly, Siddaramaiah tweeted, “.@BJP4Karnataka has the strength of 105 which is way less than the half way mark.In no way BJP can form the govt if constitution is followed. This only proves that BJP has no belief in the democratic values.”


However, as things stand, the BJP has 105 MLAs of their own and is likely to get the support of independent MLA Nagesh. The Congress-JD(S) has been reduced to 99 MLAs with 15 of their MLAs rebelling against the party paving the way for the BJP in an extended period of political instability, which ended with Tuesday's floor test. With the quorum of the House reduced and the likelihood of rebels staying away from proceedings, the numbers seem to be enough for the BJP.

Incidentally, on Thursday, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified three MLAs – Congress MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli and independent MLA R Shankar, till the end of the current Assembly’s term. 

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