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The 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections, 2018 was held on 12 May 2018 in 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly which saw a voter turnout of 72.13%, the highest in Karnataka since 1952 Assembly polls (according to The Economic Times). Out of the total number of constituencies 51 are reserved. Any party or a coalition getting 113 seats will get a right to form the government. the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with 104 seats emerged as the single largest party in the state but failed to cross the half-way mark. The Indian National Congress was at the second position with 78 seats while the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) became the third party with 38 seats.
After the results were announced Karnataka governor Valubhai Vala invited BS Yeddyurappa from BJP to be sworn in as the new chief minister on 16th May. Reacting to this, the Congress-JD(S) combine rushed to make an urgent plea before the top court challenging the governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government and stay Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in. Amidst criticism from the opposition parties BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka at the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore on Thursday morning, hours after the Supreme Court rejected the Congress- JD(S) petition. After facing a crucial floor test Yeddyurappa said that the BJP didn't get the numbers needed to prove majority in the House leading to him resigning from the post of chief minister.
After hours of political upheaval in Karnataka, Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party leader H.D Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Chief Minister while Congress' G. Parameshwara was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister on 23rd May.
The BJP, accusing the coalition of immortality and corruption decided to observe the swearing-in ceremony day as “anti-people’s mandate day” throughout the State.
After days of uncertainty, arguments, allegations and courtroom drama we are only to decide whether this was a mockery of democracy or not.