Congress, JD(S) plan 'resort politics' to protect MLAs from poachers

Kerala government had offered to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict unwind in'Gods Own Country

Kerala government had offered to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict unwind in'Gods Own Country

RJD former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav of Bihar, taking the reference of Karnataka, has now demanded that his party should be allowed to form the government as people's mandate proved his party as the single largest in the 2017 assembly elections.

Earlier in the day, BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister on Thursday hours after the Supreme Court declined to stay his swearing-in ceremony.

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While the BJP argued that they were the single largest party to be invited first by the Governor, the JD-S and Congress said that 112 is the majority and Congress-JDS combined is at 117.

The Congress filed a petition before the Supreme Court Registrar challenging the Governor's decision, demanding a stay on the Governor's invitation to the BJP to form the government. We will have to wait and see who among the members will be chosen into the Ministers' cabinet. "Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form the government, why not us?" he said.

Yeddyurappa took an oath in Kannada expressing confidence that majority will be proved before the stipulated time period.

Anand Singh was originally with the BJP before he switched side to join the Congress. In comments by some leaders, including JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, Operation Kamala was mentioned in the context to the tussle between the single largest party and its opponents to form the government in the state.

In a turn of events, the JD (S) and Congress forge a post-poll alliance government.

"Yedyurappa's letter to the Governor will seal his fate".

BS Yeddyurapa's cabinet will be announced once he clears the floor test at the assembly. The Congress party says the party would stake claim in all the three states, including Karnataka.

No details were available about what was discussed by Rahul Gandhi and Deve Gowda.

JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy has accused the BJP of luring his legislators with Rs 100 crore bait, while outgoing CM Siddaramaiah of Congress alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was encouraging "horse-trading" to ensure the BJP returns to power in the state despite falling short of a majority. Indian television channels reported that Congress was planning to approach the Supreme Court late in the night to challenge the governor's decision.

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