Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Guv's decision

Karnataka election result Congress plans to take all MLAs to Bengaluru resort over fear of defection

Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Guv's decision

As projections after voting showed a hung Assembly, Mayawati asked her close aide and party Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Siddharth, who is also Karnataka BSP in charge, to meet Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Leaders of various other parties chipped in to play a role in getting the two parties together.

Singhvi, who has been assigned the task to lead Congress' legal challenge against Vala's decision, had met the Supreme Court registrar to take forward the process to hear the "urgent petition". The BJP is 8 short with 104 MLAs.

The apex court had then directed the Principal Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs (PSLPA), as a neutral person to monitor the floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly on May 10, 2016, when Chief Minister Harish Rawat had sought a vote of confidence, which he had won.

In a separate development, JD-S president Kumaraswamy was elected the leader of the legislature party at a JD-S meeting.

Right after being sworn-in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday announced that his government will be waiving off all farm loans up to Rs 1 lakh for farmers in the state. Unless some of the MLAs belonging to the Congress or the JD (S) switch over, there is no way the BJP could achieve majority in the Assembly. This majority is a tricky issue and it is for this reason that though the Congress was the single largest party both in Goa and Manipur, it could not form its government, since though it was the largest, it did not have the majority.

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Alok was alluding to a Gandhi statement in Delhi where the Congress leader recounted an incident involving a near-death experience when the plane he was flying from Delhi to Karnataka suddenly dipped almost 8,000 feet giving the scare of his life. The BJP has, as of now, 105 MLAs, including the independent candidate who gave support to the party. "The court could also give them time to prove majority in the House", he said. "I'm also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading", said Kumaraswamy. The BJP won just 15 seats in the region, which has a significant Telugu-speaking population.

Modi wants to secure Karnataka to keep his momentum going in the run-up to the general election.

While Siddaramaiah managed to complete a full five-year term in power-the first time a chief minister has managed to do so since 2004-the party could not overcome anti-incumbency against the government. "The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a Govt.in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn't have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution", Gandhi Tweeted.

Mocking Congress for raising the specter of irregularities in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Pandey said that this was the usual modus operandi of the Congress Party that wastes no time in blaming the machines that happen to be the same machines where they have emerged victorious.

Singhvi responded, "It is not like restraining the Governor, who only acted in pursuance of the BJP letter".

Unlike Gujarat, which saw a clear urban-rural divide with the BJP dominating the urban belt, the Karnataka capital was closely fought.

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