The BJP’s current nemesis, JD(S) chief H D Kumaraswamy is bound to step up his efforts to topple the government in case the disqualified MLAs succeed in getting a stay on the HC verdict. However, he will require the support of the Congress, which has 71 members in the Assembly.
The Congress’ attitude to such an adventure is ambivalent. The new KPCC chief, G Parameshwara has not expressed his views on lending support to the JD(S) efforts to oust the BJP, although he is not inclined for a tie-up with the JD (S) in the coming elections.
In case the 11 disqualified MLAs get a court stay, then the House strength will increase to 217 from the present 206. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa secured 106 votes when he sought the confidence vote. The minimum required to remain in power will be 109 if the House strength increases to 217.
The BJP will be in trouble in case the Congress joins hands with the JD(S). It is to be seen what would be the fate of the five disqualified MLAs, whose petition would be heard by the three-judge Bench of the High Court from November 2.
But for now, the BJP has decided to channelise all its energies to prepare for the forthcoming elections to the taluk and zilla panchayats. And, the State Party president K S Eshwarappa has already announced the new ministers will be taking oath of office before Deepavali (Friday).