Karnataka: BJP MLAs elect Yeddyurappa leader of its legislative party

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Bangalore on May 8 ahead of the Karnataka state election

Kumaraswamy had staked claim to form the government in Karnataka with the support of Congress. "That is the message Sonia Gandhi is trying to send out, that we can do anything to keep the BJP out of power", said a senior party leader. These 115 MLAs would qualify as majority and when they stake the claim to form the government, it becomes the Governor's binding to do so.

The hearing will have a three-judge bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice SA Bobde. They said that the general trend of the past Supreme Court judgements was not to issue injunction to Governor or to restrain Governor. "I want to know whether this is black or white money", he said.

Since yesterday, all three parties have been approaching the Governor with their claims of majority.

On Wednesday morning, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa met the Governor, and he remains upbeat about BJP's chances to form the government. The party's chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, said: "By inviting the BJP, the governor of Karnataka has failed to disperse his constitutional duty and acted like a BJP puppet".

Yeddyurappa has been given 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house.

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He argued that the matter should not have been heard at this hour and it was "absolutely wrong" to do so.

Meanwhile Union minister Prakash Javadekar dismissed the accusation raised by JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy's that BJP was offering Rs 100 crore to lure its MLAs as "imaginary". 222 seats out of 224 in the Karnataka assembly went to polls on 12 May.

One of the BJP MLAs had said Yeddyurappa will take oath as chief minister on Thursday, much before it was confirmed officially.

The decision as to who would be invited to form government rests with Governor Vajubhai Vala, and there have been precedents for both options in the past. He also termed it as trampling of the Constitution. "My advice to the Congress is that barring few states where there are no regional parties, give a major share to the regional parties and take a major share for Parliament elections". He also added that the BJP is misusing its power to form the government and cheat people. Yes, if Goa and Manipur is the yardstick then the JD (S)-Congress combine should get the first opportunity to prove their majority and be in power, but such a thing is nothing but unsafe.

"By giving 15-day time (to prove majority) governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional". Mocking at the "desperation of a defeated Congress" to support the JD (S) to form a coalition Government to keep the BJP out of power, BJP spokesman Shantaram said his party was open to an alliance with the JD (S) or seek its support to form the new Government.

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