Congress, JD(S) move Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing from CJI

Congress, JD(S) move Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing from CJI

A fractured verdict in the Assembly polls has moved the battle from the war field to the war rooms.

As predicted in the exit polls, the Karnataka voting results were a hung house, with the BJP winning 104 seats, the Congress winning 74 seats and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's party JD (S) winning 38 seats, neither party independently securing the majority of 113 seats. As per rules, another no-trust motion can not be introduced for a minimum of six months.

"By giving 15-day time (to prove majority) governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional".

One of the BJP MLAs had said Yeddyurappa will take oath as chief minister on Thursday, much before it was confirmed officially. Their desperation is clearly visible as leaders from Kashmir and West Bengal have sprung into action post the election results.

The JD (S) and Congress cobbled a post electoral alliance after the numbers were out and staked claim to form a government with support of 116 legislators.

With drama prevailing around the formation of the Karnataka government, and JD (S) and Congress ensuring extra safety to prevent poaching of its MLAs by BJP at bay, allegations of phone tapping by Chikmaagaluru-Udupi MP and BJP state general secretary Shobha Karandlaje have added to the speculations. Kumaraswamy had staked claim to form the government in Karnataka with the support of Congress.

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi is the leading his party's challenge. He says that for the development of the state he had to take this decision.

The dominant Lingayat leader, however, was forced to resign three years later in July 2011 by the party's high command after the state's anti-graft watchdog (Lokayukta)'s investigation report named him in the multi-crore mining scam that rocked the state for over a decade from 2001-2010. More importantly, Congress, which won 78 seats has offered that the coalition be led by the JD (S) bloc (which has 37 seats).

And that is exactly what is set to happen, although his party has failed to win a majority and Congress has won more. Governors have very little room to act according to their conscience on matters of who forms the state government.

Both coalition partners have made a decision to hold separate legislature meetings on Saturday. The party is also likely to parade 16 of its MLAs to the Raj Bhavan tomorrow, News18 has reported.

Speculations are also rife about Congress MLAs already booking rooms at the Eagleton resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Earlier, a three-judge bench of the apex court rejected a joint writ petition of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) to stall the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister at a special pre-dawn hearing.

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