Congress Cries Foul, Says Karnataka Governor Inviting Yeddyurappa Akin to Murdering Democracy

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The BJP's performance has defied exit poll results which predicted a hung assembly.

"Congress should take the leadership to unite all the democratic, secular and anti-BJP parties, and it should be well-planned". The party appears to be pulling out all the stops to get the support of these MLAs in a bid to get past the halfway mark on the floor of the house.

"We had to be ready for any eventuality".

The suspense over government formation in Karnataka is over. Meanwhile, we fared well.

On the other hand, BJP is leading on 37 seats in Lingayat-dominant constituencies, Congress not leading even at half the numbers.

Jethmalani, who had taken retirement from law practice, told the bench that the Karnataka Governor's order is a "gross abuse of Constitutional power". By quickly offering the crown to kingmaker Kumaraswamy, the Congress party has demonstrated its willingness to get off the high horse and facilitate any coalition that can challenge the BJP.

Kumaraswamy after meeting governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday said, "We heard that they are trying to do Operation Kamal now also". Accusing the BJP of horse-trading, Kumaraswamy added that the PM Modi-led party had offered Rs 100 crore to their MLAs. The second option, of poaching MLAs from other parties, is being actively pursued by both Congress and JD (S) too. "It is our unanimous decision".

An enduring contribution of Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, to the political system must be that he made a fine art of walking the thin line dividing the legal and the permissible from the unlawful and the abominable. We don't have numbers to form the government.

This refers to "Three Karnataka lessons for national politics" (May 16). Simply put, Congress is willing to trim its sails to rubbish the BJP's shenanigans to capture power. While Azad then spoke to Sonia about the prospective alliance, Mayawati called up JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda and convinced him.

Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar also disapproved the Congress-JD-S alliance, saying that the people of Karnataka wanted a BJP government in the state.

During the hearing, that commenced at 2.20 am and concluded with the court passing order at 5.30 in the morning, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal was asked to produce the letters which the court was told are with the Karnataka Governor. The BJP is claiming that some MLAs from the Congress and the JD (S) are on its side, and the Congress and JD (S) are making counter claims that some BJP MLAs are in contact with them. BJP has won 97 and is leading in seven, for a total of 104. We have met the Governor and submitted our claim.

The first reports about the Governor's decision came when one of the BJP legislators, Suresh Kumar, tweeted that Yeddyurappa will be sworn in at 9.30 am tomorrow.