India court allows Modi's BJP to form state govt despite lacking majority

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Singhvi contended that while even imposition of President's Rule under Article 356 is subject to judicial review and wondered why the Governor's decision can not be subjected to judicial review.

Ahead of the crucial floor test, Governor Vajubhai Vala will first have to appoint a pro-tem Speaker, under whom the MLA-elects will take their oath as Members of the Legislative Assembly.

The dramatic hearing began around 2am and had Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the appellants and attorney general KK Venugopal and additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta representing the Union government. "Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form the government, why not us?" he said.

Senior leader KH Muniyappa, said, " This is not the system.

To a layman like me, it struck me as odd Abhishek Singhvi referring to the Sarkaria Commission's recommendations since it was already being cited in the media as part of BJP's defence of the governor's stand. "He has not proved majority in the house yet?" he asked.

Congress and Janta Dal Secular party had attempt to stop the process by knocking at the door of supreme court at night yesterday.

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JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of horse trading.

The apex court said that the swearing-in is subject to the final outcome of the matter before it. "This Black Spot on India's democracy will be erased", he said on Twitter. He questioned the 15 days time given to Yeddyurappa for proving majority saying the Supreme Court had earlier said "to give such time is to encourage the Constitutional sin of poaching..."

The joint petition by Congress' Karnataka unit chief G. Parameshwara and H.D. Kumaraswamy had sought a stay on the oath-taking ceremony.

No details were available about what was discussed by Rahul Gandhi and Deve Gowda.

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Governor Vajubhai Vala allowed BJP to form their government in Karnataka, stating that BJP has emerged as the single largest party and hence have the right to stake a claim as per the provision of the law. The Congress and JD (S) are together and protested against the unconstitutional and undemocratic decision of the Governor which was also against the Supreme Court judgement delivered 14 months ago.