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Will Cong-JD(S) MLAs stay at Kerala resort owned by Left MLA?

Will Cong-JD(S) MLAs stay at Kerala resort owned by Left MLA?

The resolution of Karnataka's political-legal drama may well rest on a letter the state's newly sworn-in chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa, sent to governor Vajubhai Vala while staking claim to form the government.

The apex court, which commenced the hearing at 2.11 AM and ended at 5.28 AM, however made it clear that the swearing-in and the government formation in the state would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.

Arguing his case, Singhvi referred to the Sarkaria commission's recommendations (referring to paragraph 4.11.05) wherein it is mentioned that "the governor, while going through the process of selection described above, should select a leader who, in his (governnor's) judgement, is most likely to command a majority in the Assembly".

But the question is how?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted:"This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy".

Many MLAs in the Congress and JD (S) have adopted a similar wait-and-watch attitude, sources in both parties said, even as BJP leaders agreed that efforts are on to try and reduce the numbers of the Opposition MLAs by at least 14 to bring their numbers from 117 to below 104, the BJP count.

While Singhvi claimed that Rohatgi was appearing as a "proxy" for Yeddyurappa, Rohatgi shot back saying, "I can appear for whomsoever I want". Big business has steadily migrated away from the Congress - a combined result of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)'s tarnished second-term legacy, the party's left-wing economic rhetoric, its dwindling hold on state capitals, and the outright fear of crossing the Modi-Shah duo.

Soon after the Congress and JD (S) got together, rooms were booked at the resort.

Article 333 of the Constitution of India empowers the Governor of a State to nominate a member of the Anglo-Indian community to the Legislative Assembly if he is of the opinion that the community is not adequately represented therein.

"Our plan now is to safeguard our lawmakers (from poaching)", he said. He requested that the current government here should be dissolved and the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the government. Defection is if one member crosses over to another party. "I have been given 15 days, but I won't take so long".

"The people have given maximum seats to the BJP".

Justice Sikri asked him on what basis was his side claiming majority in the House. "The decision will be taken soon", he said.

"It means open invitation to horse-trading".

The allegation that the entire episode was "pre-planned" stuck to the BJP since Yeddyurappa had been proclaiming for the past few days that he would take oath on May 17 since it was his lucky day. During the overnight hearing by the three-judge bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, the letter of support from majority of MLAs submitted to the governor for forming the government had become a major sticking point.

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