Congress protests as Yeddyurappa is sworn in as Karnataka CM

Congress protests as Yeddyurappa is sworn in as Karnataka CM

Congress protests as Yeddyurappa is sworn in as Karnataka CM

Opposition parties are mulling to hold protests over Yeddyurappa's swearing-in in Karnataka.

Results of the Karnataka Assembly polls announced on May 15 showed that the BJP had won 104 seats, emerging as the single largest party, while the Congress and JD (S) bagged 78 and 38 seats, respectively. The Congress party, wary of its MLAs shifting loyalties amidst horse-trading attempts by the BJP, even took them away to a luxury hotel in Bengaluru - the famous Eagleton Resort where the Gujarat Congress had also flown its MLAs in a same situation in 2017 - only to realise two of its MLAs, Anand Singh and Pratapgouda Patil, were missing from the flock.

The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow Senior lawyer and jurist Ram Jethmalani's plea against the Karnataka Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government in the state.

In the Manipur and Goa elections past year, Congress emerged as the single largest party in a fractured mandate, but BJP went on to form the government in the states. We will have to wait and see who among the members will be chosen into the Ministers' cabinet.

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"Someone said we are giving horses a bad name by calling it horse trading". It also issued notices to the Karnataka government and Yeddyurappa.

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Sources said the Congress and the JD (S) are concerned about the safety of their legislators, whom they feel the BJP will poach while misusing the central agencies and the state machinery.

Reports on Wednesday morning said three Karnataka lawmakers went "incommunicado" and that an orange alert was sent out across the Congress-JD (S) combine, which has the brightest chance to form the government after Tuesday's hung verdict.

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

Coming back to the pre-dawn proceedings, Singhvi also contested the governor's decision to give Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yeddyurappa at 9 a.m.at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security.

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Political jolt to Congress in Karnataka did not cast its shadow over its President as Rahul Gandhi today danced to the beat of Chhattisgarh's traditional folk dance. Jethmalani, who had taken retirement from law practice, told the bench that the Karnataka Governor's order is a "gross abuse of Constitutional power", reported IANS.

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