BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday justified his party forming government in Karnataka with B.S. Yeddyurappa taking oath as Chief Minister and hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for terming the political developments as "mockery of Constitution". Irked by the decision, Congress and JD (S) filed a petition against this decision in Supreme Court late on Wednesday night. Singhvi also appealed to the bench to defer the swearing-in pending the bench inspecting the letters submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor. Congress is ill informed and as a result is making these amusing claims, says Prakash Javadekar.
The Governor still invited Yeddyurappa and gave him 15 days of time to prove majority. We are in touch with all of them and are confident of getting support of a minimum of 120, " she said. A pro-tem Speaker is appointed by the Governor of the state for a limited period of time or until the Legislative Assembly elects it Speaker.
Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Yeddyurappa held a meeting with State Chief Secretary K. Ratna Prabha to decide on the first steps of his one-man Cabinet including farm loan waiver to the tune of Rs. 1 lakh from all cooperative and nationalised banks. However, Singhvi argued it was "unethical and unconstitutional" of the governor to ignore majority support claimed by the post-poll alliance.
The Supreme Court said that it can't overturn the decision of the Governor without seeing on what basis the BJP had claimed to have the numbers.
The bench headed by Justice AK Sikri, while seeking Yeddyurappa's response on the petition by Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) seeking to stall his swearing-in, has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 a.m. on Friday.
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It now appears that Congress and JD (S) legislators are heading back to the same place and rooms have already been booked. The BJP has emerged as the biggest party with 104 elected legislators in the recently concluded elections.
While the 37 JD (S) seem better glued together than the 78 of the Congress, sources in the JD (S) said the BJP is making efforts to get its MLAs to defect. "All eyes are now on the Supreme Court to come out in protection of the Constitutional ethos on which the very foundation of our nation rests". The court also observed that the general trend of its past judgments was not to issue injunction or restrain the governor.
"Its well-defined party structure, with clear authority lines and highly motivated members, sits in stark contrast to the Congress, which is still plagued by an inability to restructure and re-organize itself in a substantial manner under party president Rahul Gandhi", Rao said.
Sources in the BJP say that they have managed to lure seven elected members as of now - Anand Singh from Vijayanagara, Pratapgouda Patil from Ranebennur and Humnabad MLA Rajasekhar Patil.
"It means open invitation to horse-trading". The court asked the A-G to produce the two letters written by the newly sworn-in Karnataka chief minister after getting them from the governor's office.