Ram Jethmalani has moved the Supreme court against Karnataka governor's decision

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#09:45 AM: Congress holds a protest at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha, against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as CM of #Karnataka.

Opposition parties today accused the BJP of "murder of democracy" and "trampling" the Constitution, with the Congress demanding that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala be recalled as it dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to prove BJP's majority in the state tomorrow itself.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been invited to form the government after they won 104 seats in the 225-member assembly, but fell short of an outright majority.

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Kumaraswamy's statement comes hours after the Congress-JD (S) alliance moved a fresh plea in Supreme Court challenging Governor Vajubhai R. Vala's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to the state Assembly. The BHP still needs the support of seven MLAs to form the government. If the single largest party has been called in Karnataka, then why were we not given the opportunity, "he says. He has not proved majority in the house yet?" he asked.

The newly elected Congress legislators, who are staying at a resort on the city outskirts, also joined the protest.

A BJP government in Karnataka will also help Modi silence critics who said his popularity had waned after the implementation of a nationwide sales tax and a ban on high-value bank notes late in 2016.

The Congress-JDS alliance has filed the application apprehending the possibility that Yeddyurappa's BJP may attempt to influence the Governor of Karnataka to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA in a bid to increase their strength in the State Assembly.

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Arguing for the Union of India, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said: "we don't know what happened in exchanges between Governor and Yeddyurappa, or what he has said in his letter".

According to the Congress party leaders, 78 MLAs are lodged in the resort located near Bidadi in the outskirts of Bengaluru.

No details were available about what was discussed by Rahul Gandhi and Deve Gowda. Jethmalani said that Governor's decision has caused disrespect to the constitutional office that he resides in.



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