The Congress has accused the Governor of ‘denigrating his office, trampling the Constitution and acting as a BJP puppet’.
The Hush Post: While the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to form a government in Karnataka on Thursday morning with BS Yeddyurappa being invited by the Governor to take an oath of office, a jittery Congress sought Supreme Court’s intervention seeking an urgent hearing on the matter.
The Congress has approached Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra against Governor Vajubhai Bala’s decision of inviting the BJP to form the government in the state. The Governor has given the BJP 15 days to prove it has a majority in a floor test.
According to newindianexpress.com, the Congress has accused the Governor of ‘denigrating his office, trampling the Constitution and acting as a BJP puppet’. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi is the leading his party’s challenge.
Tuesday’s verdict threw a fractured mandate and ever since the three main players — BJP, Congress and JD(S) – have been involved in hectic parleys and back-channelling – in an attempt at cobbling up the required numbers.
Though the BJP has emerged as the single largest party, it is yet short of the magical figure required to form the government. The Congress, which stood at number two, hopes for a government formation with the help of the Janata Dal (Secular) but for the governor’s stance.
The JDS and Congress leaders had met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in the evening when Vala had assured he will consult legal experts and consider the precedents of Goa and Manipur. With 117 MLAs, the JDS-Congress combine is well ahead of the magic mark.