Karnataka/ Exercise for formation of government picks up, BJP delegation to meet Amit Shah, JP Nadda in Delhi

BS Yeddyurappa could become the Chief Minister for the fourth time, but the BJP is not in a hurry to announce his name

BJP leaders who arrived in Delhi said they will further steps for the formation of government after discussing with central leadership

Kumaraswamy was unable to prove majority on July 23 leading to the collapse of 14-month-old Congress-JDS government

Bengaluru: The exercise of formation of the government in Karnataka has picked up. On Thursday, a delegation of BJP senior leaders from Karnataka has reached Delhi. These leaders will discuss the formation of government with Amit Shah and BJP executive president JP Nadda.

Earlier on July 23, the Congress-JDS coalition government could not prove a majority. Now BS Yeddyurappa can become Chief Minister of Karnataka for the fourth time. However, the party is not showing any haste about the announcement of his name.

The delegation includes former Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, Bustaraj Bomai, Arvind Limbavali, and other leaders. Limbawali told the media at the airport that you have seen the condition of Karnataka. We have to discuss with our national representatives about the formation of the new government. The decisions will be taken according to their advice. The party is not in any kind of rush.

Yeddyurappa waiting for the direction of central leadership: Yeddyurappa has also said that he is waiting for the direction of the central leadership. On Wednesday, he reached the Sangh office of Bengaluru and obtained blessings of the senior RSS leaders.

Until something emerges from the meeting, the BJP in Karnataka will wait to hold a legislature party meeting in which Yeddyurappa’s selection as the leader will pave the way for his takeover as the new chief minister.

BJP is treading cautiously to ensure it has enough numbers: Sources say the BJP is treading cautiously to ensure it has enough numbers for a stable government this time.

A lot hinges on the 16 rebels whose resignations brought down the Congress-JDS coalition and Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision on them. Most of the lawmakers are in Mumbai and have ruled out returning to Bengaluru for now.

If the Speaker disqualifies rebels then they cannot get ministries in new BJP government: If the Speaker decides to disqualify the rebels for defying their parties, then they cannot get ministries in the new BJP government as they have to contest again. If their resignations are accepted, they can be rewarded with ministries for enabling the HD Kumaraswamy government’s downfall.

The effective strength of the 224-member Karnataka assembly is 210, with the half-way mark at 105. The BJP, which has 107 votes along with two independent members who switched sides, is also expected to get the support of the lone legislator of the Bahujan Samaj Party, who was expelled by Mayawati after he defied her orders to support the government during yesterday’s trust vote.