Even if Yediyurappa passes the floor test, can he complete his term?
After weeks of high intense drama, the Congress-JD(S) Karnataka government collapsed, and BS Yediyurappa has staked his claim to form the saffron party’s government. But this is the fourth time the new CM has taken the oath, without ever completing even one term.
BJP along with JD(S) in the coalition had brought down the ruling government, but a question rose on who would become the Chief Minister: Yediyurappa or HD Kumaraswamy. The doubts were solved by an incompetent agreement. Kumaraswamy would serve the first 20 months would of the term as the Chief Minister, Yediyurappa would replace him in the other 20.
After 20 months, Kumaraswamy failed to budge and did not keep up with his part of the deal. Yeddyurappa and other ministers resigned and withdrew support to the government.
The BJP-JD(S) came to another conclusion and made Yediyurappa the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. However, on disagreements over ministership, JD(S) did not support the Yediyurappa government forcing Yediyurappa to resign after nine days.
In 2008, he ensured the BJP came to power in the state all on its own, winning 110 seats in the 224-member assembly and relying on Independents to make up the numbers.
This resulted in severe dissent from the party workers and the term was forced to end for Yediyurappa as he got arrested in 2011 due to an illegal mining case, first time for an in-office CM to get behind bars. After intense pressure from the central leadership of the party, he was forced to resign again. He had stayed in the office for three years.
In 2018 polls, Yediyurappa had expected a decent performance but Congress-JD(S) did a better show. BJP fell narrowly short of a majority once again, winning 104 of the 224 seats. Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP to form its government as the single largest party.
Before the trust vote was to begin, however, he gave an emotional speech. He resigns again, failing to prove a majority in the following floor test.
He became the shortest-serving CM in Indian history, with just 3 days in office.
Yediyurappa now has the last chance of becoming the CM, at 76 years of age. Many challenges still await. The fate of the Rebel MLAs is not yet sealed, none of them has claimed support to either of the parties.