Why does BJP have a different stand on govt formation in Karnataka and MP, asks Shiv Sena

NEW DELHI :The Shiv Sena on Monday asked the BJP why it had a different stand in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh about government formation. Sena also suggested that there should be a national policy on whether to form governments by poaching legislators.

In an editorial in Saamana, it referred to former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement that some Congress legislators are in touch with them (BJP) but would not form the government by dislodging anyone. “But, why BJP has different stands in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh?” the editorial asked.

“There should be a national policy on whether to form governments by poaching legislators,” it said.

The editorial also said that the downfall of the Karnataka government was predicted when it was formed. “It is clear that the Kumaraswamy-led government will fall. It is a political crisis in Karnataka. But, not just BJP’s ambition but the infighting in the Congress is also responsible for it,” Sena remarked.

The coalition was pushed to the brink Saturday after 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations to bring its number to 105, on par with the BJP, in the 224-member Assembly even as several other rebels are reported to be waiting to exit.

The Sena further said that the Karnataka government has the majority and could have run the government properly. “But, the question is whether Siddaramaiah wanted the government to run. He wanted to become CM again with the support of Kumaraswamy’s JD (S),” it added.