Congress Plan To Fly Out Karnataka Lawmakers Fails

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The Congress and JD-S didn't have a pre-poll alliance but cobbled together a grouping after the results threw a hung Assembly.

The tally on May 15 came down to 104 seats for the BJP, emerging as the single largest party, followed by the Congress at 78 and JD (S) at 37.

In another setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led party, the apex court ordered the Yeddyurappa government to not to appoint any nominated member of the Karnataka assembly.

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala had given the BJP 15 days' time to prove its majority.

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"In Karnataka, the MLAs are on one side and the governor on the other and you know what attempt is being made", he said and made a reference to JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy's allegation that its MLAs in the southern state were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP.

The Supreme Court resumes its hearing on Congress-JD (S) plea challenging Karnataka governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government in the state with BS Yeddyurappa as chief minister. Also, by not giving any relief to the Congress, the Supreme Court has allowed the Karnataka governor to virtually declare his actions are above the law. According to people with knowledge of the matter, all like-minded opposition parties are seeking to highlight to the president the Karnataka governor's move of inviting the BJP to form the government even though the saffron party does not have the required numbers. Discretion should be just and on the basis of facts presented. "It is the Governor's discretion", he said. The Congress-JD (S) had submitted a letter with 117 signatures. We thought this would have applied to Karnataka as well.

Operation Lotus is the buzzword in Bengaluru today. Indian television channels reported that Congress was planning to approach the Supreme Court late in the night to challenge the governor's decision. In both the cases, the court laid down detailed guidelines to be followed by the governor and the Centre in the case of a fractured mandate. "We thought the court might withdraw the decision of the Governor, but however, we congratulate the judiciary for their uprightness, for saving the democracy and protecting the Constitution of India". In Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya, the respective governors had changed the rules of the game by saying no single largest party will form the government if someone else had the numbers. Jethmalani yesterday said, "The governor's order is a gross abuse of the constitutional power and this has brought disrepute to the constitutional office he has been holding". The petition filed by the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) would be taken up today. There's a need to stop feeding the public with false information and advancing politically biased legal opinions.

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