Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Shobha Karandlaje accuses Congress of tapping BJP leaders' phones

Shobha Karandlaje accuses Congress of tapping BJP leaders' phones

The BJP's performance has defied exit poll results which predicted a hung assembly. India's lawmakers are notoriously open to horse-trading and the BJP war chest is overflowing after four years in power in Delhi. They need the support of seven more MLAs to reach the halfway mark.

"We had to be ready for any eventuality". Meanwhile, we fared well.

After seeking the high command's nod, he sent some of his confidantes to meet Gowda and convey to him the party's wish to be part of a coalition government with the JD (S).

On the other hand, BJP is leading on 37 seats in Lingayat-dominant constituencies, Congress not leading even at half the numbers.

Azad's comments summed up the breathtaking daylong developments in an election seen as a bellwether for the 2019 general elections at a time when the saffron wave is sweeping the country.

Several BJP and Congress leaders rushed to Bengaluru from the national capital. "The BJP has only 104 MLAs, the Governor invited Yeddyurappa to form government in an unconstitutional manner", senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for the Congress, told the three-member bench of Justices A.K. Sikri, S.A. Bobde and Ashok Bhushan.

"Governor said he will decide about considering our claim in accordance with the Constitution". In Manipur too, the Governor did not give chance to the single largest party, the Congress to prove its majority.

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Congress and the JD (S) submited their letter endorsing a Congress-JD (S) government with former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy at the helm.

A few poll pundits have called the Congress-JD (S) alliance an unholy nexus. "It is our unanimous decision". Nor was it a vote for the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as many political pundits would like us to believe.

"I may also direct you to seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the House showing that you command the confidence of the House within 15 days from the date of the assumption of office as the Chief Minister of the state", said Vala in the letter.

"Karnataka government is again playing dirty politics. People of Karnataka will never accept this", he said.

After submitting the written proposal and related documents to the Congress- JD (S) alliance seems confident to form its government as assured him to consider it according to the law. "I feel in a way I have caused damage to my father's secular identity", he said.

Bitter rivals in Bengal, the Left leaders and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, both backed the Congress-JD (S) alliance against the BJP. "The Congress will get just 60 to 65 seats". That will be a big loss for BJP, which had won 17 seats from the southern state in 2014.

"It is a murder of democracy in the country and it is a black day in India's history.The decision has been taken under pressure of BJP leaders", Gehlot told PTI. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately.

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