Trend of past judgments not to restrain Guv: SC on Karnataka tussle

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Singhvi began his arguments by saying that the governor has completely dispensed with the constitutional norm. Well, the great grand old party, Congress has handover the written proposal to the Governor of its support to JD (S).

The BJP had emerged as the frontrunner in the elections grabbing 104 seats. 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 am on Friday. It has also claimed support of an independent MLA.

Elections were conducted for 222 out the total 224 assembly seats. This is one challenge where the regional parties will be more than eager to be led by the Congress. It is only desirable that the governor has taken this decision. This is the kind of politics JD-S and Congress do.

No doubt, the Karnataka defeat calls for a new prime ministerial face from Congress for the Lok Sabha Elections. We bow our heads to the verdict.

Venugopal said it was the Governor's decision and it was an area of darkness how Yeddyurappa was claiming to form the government.

Congress initially offered his support for JDS to form the government while Chief Minister seat was offered to JDS member itself. They have accepted our offer. They said come to us and we'll give a ministry to you.

"The JD (S)-Congress combine has 116 MLAs (including JD (S) pre-poll ally the BSP).the BJP is trying to misuse its power being at the Centre and form its government through horsetrading", he said. "The BJP people are calling our MLAs, threatening and luring them" he alleged.

After being heavily outnumbered by the BJP during the counting of votes yesterday, the Congress struck a deal with the JD (S). "We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 PM today".

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. Yeddyurappa will take oath at 9 am on Thursday and has 15 days to prove he has a majority in the state assembly.

When B S Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy formed a coalition in 2007, it was not a smooth ride for the BJP with JD (S) backtracking on its word regarding power share. As uncertainty looms large, the allegations of "horse-trading" MLAs' have been made from all the three parties. The cabinet will be expanded after he proves his majority on the floor of the house, Rao added.

The BJP's performance has defied exit poll results which predicted a hung assembly.

The Congress, with 78 seats in their kitty, was in the second position.