JD(S) and Congress MLAs shifted to hotel Park Hyatt in Hyderabad


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa speaks with the media after meeting with the state governor to stake claim to form the government, outside the governor's house in Bengaluru, India, May 16, 2018. In a rare pre-dawn hearing, Supreme Court refused to stop BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister.

"We have the support from Congress and JD (S) MLAs, I can't disclose more now", Rohatgi appearing for Yeddyurappa, told the bench, according to Libe Law website. The JD (S) and the Congress had moved the Supreme Court after governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government first, seeking a stay on the swearing-in, calling it unconstitutional.

Fearing defection to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and JD-S yesterday chose to shift their MLAs, lodged at Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru.

While leaders of the Congress-JD (S) alliance indicated that they would seek election for Speaker's chair soon after the members take oath, sources in the BJP said the party feels that election of Speaker from one among them will be a battle won ahead of the floor test. Ram Jethmalani yesterday moved that top court and said the Governor's action was a "gross abuse of constitutional power".

In a dramatic turn of events, the SC heard the Congress-JD (S) petition against Governor Vajubhai Vala's invite to Yeddyurappa for almost three and a half hours on Thursday starting at 1.45 am. The CJI asked Mr Jethmalani to make a mention on Friday when the case is to be taken up for hearing by a bench headed by Justice Sikri. In this context, it also ordered placing before it the MLAs' letters of support presented by the BJP to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.

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The court had directed the Centre to place before it two communications sent by Yeddyurappa to the governor in which he had staked claim to form government, saying their perusal was necessary to decide the case.

"The election outcome, regardless of who controls the government, already shows the BJP remains popular, they can swing states that are otherwise challenging to win, and still have a superior political strategy", said Shailesh Kumar, Asia director at political risk firm Eurasia Group.

Karnataka Assembly Elections Results were declared on May 15, but the drama and suspense is still not settling up. The Congress later said it would support a JD-S led government.

The BJP with only 104 MLAs has got its chief minister sworn-in in the state, while the Congress and JD (S) having a majority of 118 MLAs have been denied the chance to form the government which is a "murder" of democracy by the saffron party, Maken said. The trend of the Supreme Court is not to interfere.