BJP gets support of independent MLA in Karnataka


After almost 24 hours of 'nataka', all eyes in Karnataka - and the rest of the country - are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD (S)-Congress combine.

It was after returning from Raj Bhavan to active politics that India's then home minister Shinde was quoted in the national media as referring to "saffron terrorism" at an AICC session at Jaipur in January 2013 after accusing the BJP and the RSS of promoting "Hindu terrorism".

Amid the jockeying for power in Karnataka, the Supreme Court early on Thursday after a midnight hearing - only for the second time in its history - refused to stay the swearing-in of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka's new Chief Minister.

A special bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri, S.A. Bobde and Ashok Bhushan directed the Centre to place before it two communications, sent by Yeddyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Vala in which he had staked claim to form the government, saying their perusal was necessary to decide the case.

Meanwhile R Shankar ( in pics one with'tilak' on the forehead), MLA from Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) seen with BJP delegation at Governor House in Bengaluru as ANI reported.

Though Governor told Kumaraswamy that he would act as per Constitution, judgements of Supreme Court and previous precedents, tension continues in JD (S) and Congress camp.

Congress and JD (S) argued that they deserved the first chance to form the next government as they had the numbers.

After Tuesday's results, the BJP is nine short of the magic figure of 113 in the 224 seat assembly.

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Accusing the BJP of using the central government machinery to target opposition leaders, Kumaraswamy denied meeting any BJP leader, but admitted that many newly elected legislators from the BJP and Congress were in touch with him on government formation. He said the Congress would keep pushing its legal options.

Soon after Congress declared its support to JD (S), Kumaraswamy wrote to the governor informing him that he had accepted the offer to be the chief minister.

MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion) each.

The apex court also asked can it restrain the governor from inviting a party to form the government, to which senior lawyer and Congress leader A M Singhvi said the Supreme Court had done so in the past. Where is this black money coming from?

Naturally, the BJP was not going to take it lying down.

Several Congress leaders too claimed that the BJP had approached them to join their ranks and abstain from voting in the floor test.

The Congress, which got 78 seats, extended its support to former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular), which bagged 38 seats under its belt, to form the government.