Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka chief minister

JD leader HD Kumaraswamy

Shah tearing into Gandhi said that the democracy was murdered by the Congress the minute it chose to ally with the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) for political gains. Following the 2004 elections, when the assembly was hung, the Congress and JDS forged a tie-up to set up a government led by N Dharam Singh of Congress.

He said in Jharkhand in 2005, Goa in 2017 and in the Jagadambika Pal case in Uttar Pradesh, the court advanced the date of floor test from seven days to 48 hours. The Congress tally of 21 was short of its 23 in 2013, while the JD (S) took away four seats despite averaging 18,165 votes per seat. The halfway mark then is 111, with a party needing 112 seats for a simple majority.

HD Kumaraswamy, the party's state president and now the CM candidate, had said that "Poor Rahul Gandhi doesn't know the ABCD of Karnataka politics..."

The Congress and JD-S last night challenged the swearing- in of Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister in the Supreme Court which gave a midnight hearing to their petition but did not give any relief. Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed.

Mamata Banerjee congratulated HD Deve Gowda soon after the Congress announced its unconditional support to JDS. JD (S) leaders joined the protest. The BJP now has the support of 105 MLAs.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at Siddaramaiah for accusing Modi and Shah of encouraging horse trading, adding that government formation in Karnataka is the prerogative of the Governor. Chief Minister Bommai was dismissed and he had approached the Supreme Court.

BJP leaders have also taken Governor appointment stating that they will form the government as they have secured highest seats. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP and BS Yeddyurappa, retored saying no injunction can be issued to Governor.

He said that he has not come before the court in favour or against any party but has been hurt over the unconstitutional decision taken by the Governor.

Replying to a question at the party office, veteran party leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa said, "No elected member from the Lingayat/Veerashaiva community will switch the side". The BJP, which has won 104 seats. For Modi, Karnataka is important for two reasons.

In doing so, the Governor has gone with the convention of inviting the single largest party and has overlooked the post-poll JD (S)-Congress alliance, which gave the letter of support to him on Wednesday. Having disregarded the claim of a coalition with requisite numbers, he has gone ahead and invited a party in minority. By contrast, the Congress leaders were derided for their slow-footedness and for their inability to line up independent legislators; they were mocked as jaded and exhausted managers, as "NGOs", no match to the energetic and resourceful operatives in the BJP. Its delegation later met the Governor to stake claim to form the new government.

NCP's Tariq Anwar, noting that the Congress got more votes than the BJP in Karnataka, said, "This is not the defeat of the Congress or the leadership".

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