Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Governor's decision

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The Congress, with 78 seats in their kitty, was in the second position. Later in the day, Congress leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, party in-charge in the state KC Venugopal along with KPCC president G Parameshwar held a closed-door meeting.

Minutes before a joint delegation from the Congress and JD (S) reached the residence of Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government in Karnataka, the BJP on Wednesday made some startling allegations. In case, that also does not happen, the Governor should invite the entity which enters into post-poll alliance and forms a majority.

"Our majority is established".

Kumaraswamy, the son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, had on Tuesday accepted the Congress party's offer to become the Chief Minister. He said the Congress had extended unconditional support to the JD-S for forming the government and "we will provide a stable rule for full five years".

Earlier, a three-judge bench of the apex court rejected a joint writ petition of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) to stall the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister at a special pre-dawn hearing. However, it is for the Governor to take a call on who to invite first.

The Congress has termed the move to form a BJP government in Karnataka as "illegal and against the law and Constitution". "The moment that crores of Kannadigas are awaiting is here". "B S Yeddyurappa will take oath as chief minister at 9.30 am at Raj Bhavan tomorrow". Celebrations have begun in earnest at party headquarters, BBC reporters in Karnataka say.

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This was evident in how the BJP swept Bombay Karnataka and Central Karnataka regions dominated by Lingayats.

The Congress has pointed fingers at the governor, saying he has "shamed his office by inviting the BJP".

The BJP requires the support of at least eight legislators to cross the revised half-way mark of 111 MLAs as JD (S) leader H.D.Kumaraswamy, who successfully contested from two seats, will have to vacate one of them. Vala has decades of experience of India's political scenario, having had an illustrious career in Gujarat's BJP leadership. It's our responsibility to protect our MLAs. "Myself, (union minister) Ananth Kumar and all our leaders. we are going to meet governor", he said. But the BJP's conduct has raised doubts.

Singhvi responded: "It is not like restraining the Governor, who only acted in pursuance of the BJP letter". Mocking at the "desperation of a defeated Congress" to support the JD (S) to form a coalition Government to keep the BJP out of power, BJP spokesman Shantaram said his party was open to an alliance with the JD (S) or seek its support to form the new Government. "Will heavens fall if a person is sworn in in the morning?" he said. Their desperation is clearly visible as leaders from Kashmir and West Bengal have sprung into action post the election results. Siddaramaiah has lost Chamundeshwari and the Congress party has been routed by the people.

However, the final decision on the matter will be taken by the the Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

"The Congress is trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door".