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

What happened in Karnataka happens in countries like Pakistan, says Rahul Gandhi

What happened in Karnataka happens in countries like Pakistan, says Rahul Gandhi

Legislative Party leader and CM hopeful HD Kumaraswamy levelled more allegations against the BJP, claiming that the party was using central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, the CBI and Income Tax Department to intimidate and poach MLAs from the Congress and the JD (S). The apex court has said that it will consider hearing their petitions on Friday at 10:30 am.

The swearing-in took place despite an attempt at intervention by the Congress-JD (S) alliance that reached out to the Supreme Court on Wednesday midnight against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala inviting the BJP to form the government in Karnataka.

The hearing commenced at 2.20 a.m. and concluded with the court passing order at 5.30 in the morning. It remains to be seen whether Jethmalani, who had announced his retirement from the legal profession past year, would be permitted to appear before the bench of Justices Sikri, Bobde and Bhushan on Friday (May 18) when it resumes hearing the petition filed by the Congress challenging Governor Vala's decision.

The Congress legislators, who spent the night at Egalton Resort fearing BJP launching "Operation Kamal" to lure them, came to the protest venue by bus and joined their leaders.

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However, attorney general Venugopal responded by saying anti-defection laws kick in only after a candidate is sworn in as an MLA and not before. In 2013, a coalition of AAP & Congress was invited to form the government when BJP was the single largest party in Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party ended Congress party rule in a key southern state on Thursday, but its poll victory was marred by questions over who has the right to form the government.

This will be the third time when Yeddyurappa will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. In 2013, the state of Karnataka voted for the Congress which formed the government under Siddaramaiah. In the Karnataka assembly, the magic figure needed for political parties or their alliances to secure a simple majority is 113 seats; the Congress-JD (S) and BSP combine had 117 (including support from the lone legislator from the Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party).

At the moment, all eyes are on what will be the Supreme Court's verdict after perusal of the letters of MLAs of both teams - BJP and JD (S)-Congress.

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