Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Guv's decision

18 May, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Wade Massey

Indian television channels reported that Congress was planning to approach the Supreme Court late in the night to challenge the governor's decision.

Jockeying for power has begun in Karnataka after the fractured verdict in the Assembly polls, with contenders BJP and JD (S)-Congress combine today intensifying efforts to outmanoeuvre each other in the race for forming the government. I have informed the same to the Chief Secretary. Hence, BS Yeddyurappa, who represents the single largest party with the highest number of MLAs, can not stake a claim because he does not have a majority. Curiously, the Court sought to see the letters that the BJP submitted to the governor, as Vala invited the BJP to take office on the basis of those letters. When the Congress was in power at the Centre they did it in some states; and the BJP has followed in the footsteps of the "murderer of democracy" (their words).

Janata Dal Secular president HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that after holding the highly-awaited meeting with the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala, at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, the JDS-Congress alliance has been assured that the governor will take a decision as per the Constitution.

However, they are still short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs.

Senior Congress leader and strategist Ghulam Nabi Azad met with a Delhi representative of the JD (S), Danish Ali, known to be the "eyes and ears" of the leader, and suggested talks.

The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, like we stated earlier, refused to stay the Governor's invitation after an nearly three-hour long hearing but did not dismiss the Congress-JD-S petition, calling for the next sitting on Friday at 1030 AM. However, everything goes in the political arena, especially under the guise of something called a post-poll alliance where two parties who have been going hammer and tongs at each other announce nearly immediately after the results are out that they plan to get together to trip up the front-runner who is marginally short of the number of seats to form the government. The Congress pulled its support and was to vote against him. Looks like the so-called Congress "high command" is in need of a new nomenclature.

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"The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a government in Karnataka, even though it clearly does not have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution", Gandhi said.

"Our MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP to break away. Where are the income tax officials?" he said. If convention is to be followed then it would Congress leader R V Deshpande who would be the pro-tem speaker as he is the senior most in the House.

The JD-S and Congress together have the required majority to form the government, he said.

However, Union minister Prakash Javadekar rubbished Kumaraswamy's charge saying it is "imaginary".

Asked about claims of "horse trading" (bribing MLAs) to get a majority, Rao said: "There is no question of horse trading at all".

"It is only due to the great leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah that the BJP emerged as the single biggest party in Karnataka".

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