Some Newly-elected JD(S), Congress MLAs reach Hyderabad

Attorney General K K Venugopal

Attorney General K K Venugopal

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Lawyer for Congress-JD (S), informs Supreme Court that Congress-JD (S) alliance is ready for floor test tomorrow.

On Wednesday, the governor sided with the BJP however, asking it to form a government and prove its majority within 15 days in the assembly, according to a copy of a letter posted by the party on Twitter.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Yeddyurappa, had sought time till Monday for the floor test but the bench ordered it for Saturday.

In his address, BJP president Amit Shah said, after independence, Congress party fought the Karnataka polls in the most unethical way. By extending the BJP's rule to south India, outside the Hindu nationalist party's traditional support bases in northern and western India, gives them much needed momentum for 2019 federal polls.

The Congress and JD-S had challenged Karnataka Governor Vala's invitation to Yeddyurappa to form the government despite the BJP falling short of legislative numbers to claim majority in the 222-member Assembly.

At the outset, the bench asked attorney general K.K. Venugopal, "Have you brought those letters (sent to the governor by Yeddyurappa)?".

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While the BJP argued that they were the single largest party to be invited first by the Governor, the JD-S and Congress said that 112 is the majority and Congress-JDS combined is at 117.

Still, the latest BJP victory shows that Modi's party continues to run a well-oiled election machine, said Pratyush Rao, associate director for India and South Asia at Control Risks, a consultancy.

Targeting the BJP, he said, "A murder accused is the president of a national party, which has not been seen in the last 70 years". His order to invite BJP leader B.S. Yedyurappa to form the government despite the fact that the BJP does not have sufficient numbers is a clear act of apparent bias.

"In Karnataka, the MLAs are on one side and the governor on the other and you know what attempt is being made", he said and made a reference to JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy's allegation that its MLAs in the southern state were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP. "Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate", Gandhi tweeted.

A specially constituted three-judge bench, after more than three hours of hearing, had said that it was not interfering with the governor's decision to invite the saffron party to form government in the state.

The Congress and the JD (S) had joined hands after the election and staked claim to form the government. "In case he is given oath in the meantime, that shall be subject to further orders of this court and final outcome of the writ petition (by the Congress and JD-S)", said the three-judge bench, recording the proceedings of the night in the packed Room No. 6.

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