Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

BJP asked to form government in Karnataka despite lack of majority

BJP asked to form government in Karnataka despite lack of majority

The BJP's bluff that it will form the Govt., even without the numbers, has been called out by the court. "Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate", he wrote on the micro-blogging site.

The Supreme court is hearing a petition moved by the Congress-JDS combine challenging the Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government.

Congress Party has made a decision to observe a "Save Democracy Day" in protest against the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's "collusion with the BJP", by inviting BS Yeddyurappa to take the oath of office despite falling short of the required mandate.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has eked out a narrow, uncertain victory following a bitterly-fought state election in the south Indian state of Karnataka, with its minority government sworn in Thursday. The court said: "This means it is (an) open invitation to horse-trading", so that in effect the governor is permitting buying of MLAs by the BJP to prove their majority on the floor of the house.

Gandhi, who is on a two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, was apparently referring to the unprecedented press conference by four senior judges of the Supreme Court in January this year to express their grievances against the chief justice of India. The floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker.

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Rohatgi told the bench that there was no pre-poll alliance between the Congress and JDS and they have formed an "unholy alliance" after the elections. 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. Under 10th Schedule of the Constitution - better known as anti-defection law - an MLA voting against party's directive faces disqualification as the Member of Legislative Assembly.

The main opposition Congress party forged a post-poll alliance with a regional party and told the state governor it had a combined tally of at least 117 seats and should be allowed to form the government in the state.

The Bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan was hearing the petitions filed by the congress and JD (S) party.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the Karnataka assembly, eight short of the magic figure of 112.

The leader pointed out that Modi and Shah deliberately stayed away from Yeddyurappa's swearing-in also because the issue was pending before the Supreme Court. The cases of Karnataka, Meghalaya and Nagaland were similar in that in all these states the incumbent governments were dismissed and President's Rule was imposed on the basis of the governors' satisfaction that the governments had lost majority support in the respective Assemblies, without giving them an opportunity for a floor test.

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