"The Congress has offered to support JD (S) to form government". The Supreme Court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately.
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By mid-afternoon the Congress had taken 28 seats and was leading in 49, while the regional Janata Dal (Secular) had seven seats and led in another 31. "JD (S) will form the government with our help", he added. "He chose to serve his masters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rather then serve the Constitution", tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala", he said.
Amid ongoing political slugfest over the formation of government in Karnataka, Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday night invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the next government. Vajubhai Vala, the governor of Gujarat, is an old RSS hand from Gujarat and is looking into constitutional advice and options.
The governor reportedly took the decision after consulting with former attorney general Mukul Rohtagi.
"After the election results, no party has got the majority".
4:30 pm A creative by Mir Suhail
Toiling hard to control the levers of power in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy, the leader of the newly formed JD (S)-Congress alliance had earlier met Vala and staked claim to form the government.
He claimed, "This is not a hung Assembly". The BJP has, as of now, 105 MLAs, including the independent candidate who gave support to the party. Since any party needs magic figure of 112 since elections were held only in 222 constituencies out of total 224, BJP is still short of 8 MLAs. They have to be guided by the President, who is advised by the council of ministers. You can not call a Governor to court. "He told me that he will take an appropriate decision".
The Congress was quick to respond to the development. Replying to a question, he rejected outright the possibility of forming a coalition government with the BJP. In Manipur, the Congress had 28 seats and the BJP had only 21. He blamed that BJP offered Rs 100 crores and Portfolio to its JDS MLA's to support them to form government.
At 9 am Thursday, Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka. Majority is a key factor. Kumaraswamy has been chosen as Assembly leader.
H D Kumaraswamy, who was elected as legislative party leader by the JD (S) MLAs today in Bengaluru, said that he is going with the Congress party to remove black spot from his father's career because of his past decision to go with the BJP in 2004 & 2005.