The Congress has moved the Supreme Court, asking for a stay in the swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday morning. The party has asked for an urgent hearing tonight after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government first, ahead of the JDS-Congress combine.
The governor has given the BJP 15 days to prove it has a majority in a floor test. The governor took the decision after consulting with former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, who favored inviting the single largest party first, in this case, the BJP. The JDS and Congress had met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in the evening when Vala had assured he will consult legal experts and consider the precedents of Goa and Manipur.
The JDS-Congress combine has 117 MLAs, well clear of the magic mark. The Congress is expected to address a press conference soon. The party has previously said that it would move the Supreme Court if denied the chance to form the government first.
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today slammed the Karnataka Governor’s invite to BJP Legislature Party Leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government, saying the state now “witnesses murder of democracy”.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi tells CNN-News18: We want a hearing tonight itself, registrar to seek permission from CJI for hearing.
Congress has sent its team to CJI Dipak Misra’s residence. There’s a heavy security deployment in front of the CJI residence.
Congress Seeks SC Hearing Tonight | Congress seeks to hear in Supreme Court tonight on its petition against the Karnataka Governor’s decision: Abhishek Singhvi to PTI.
By giving 15 days’ time (to prove majority) the Governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) on Karnataka Governor’s invite to BJP to form a government.
HD Kumaraswamy says, “Gujarati traders have opened their shop here. There are three of them, Modi, Shah and Vala. We will fight back. I am warning them, we will face it.” Kumaraswamy had staked claim to form the government in Karnataka with the support of Congress.
Randeep Surjewala: The governor is working like a ‘karyakarta’.
Congress cites Para 165 of the Supreme Court’s order in the case of ‘Rameshwar Prasad & Ors vs Union Of India & Anr on 24 January 2006’.
Part 165 – “If a political party with the support of other political parties or other MLA’s stakes claim to form the Government and satisfy the Governor about its majority to form a stable Government, the Governor cannot refuse formation of the Government and override the majority claim because of his subjective assessment that the majority was cobbled by illegal and unethical means. No such power has been vested with the Governor. Such a power would be against the democratic principles of majority rule. The Governor is not an autocratic political ombudsman. If such a power is vested in the Governor and/or President, the consequences can be horrendous”
Randeep Surjewala: Governor has shamed the office. The law minister needs to understand the law.
The 69-year-old leader received flak from several senior party MLAs, who held him responsible for the Congress’ performance, citing his complete authority in the selection of candidates and the Lingayat issue, they said.
Surjewala: If no post-poll alliance is allowed, how did the BJP form governments in Kashmir, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya?
Surjewala: The letter of the governor clearly states that the BJP does not have the numbers. I want to ask Amit Shah, what happened in Goa, I want to ask the PM and the governor how was the government formed in Goa. We were the single largest party in Goa.
Randeep Surjewala tweets: Vajubhai Vala denigrates the Governor’s office, tramples upon Constitution, abuses the law & acts as a BJP puppet. He chooses to serve his Master’s in BJP rather than serve the Constitution. As @BJPKarnataka informed in advance, orders come from BJP HQ then the sanctity of office.
Randeep Surjewala: By inviting BJP, the Governor of Karnataka has failed to disperse his Constitutional duty and acted like a BJP puppet. BJP has launched an oppressional ‘Operation Kamal’ at the Raj Bhavan.