Confident of winning Karnataka Assembly floor test, says Yeddyurappa

Prime Minister Modi terms Karnataka victory as extraordinary, thanks the citizens of the state

Prime Minister Modi terms Karnataka victory as extraordinary, thanks the citizens of the state

"It is just a number game; one who enjoys the majority should be invited to form the government", the court added. "Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate".

The apex court was hearing a petition moved by the Congress-JDS combine challenging the governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government.

The apex court asks on what basis the governor decides who can provide stable government- the single largest party or a coalition party with majority. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra headed the bench which took the submission of Jethmalani who sought an urgent hearing. Attorney General K K Venugopal said the swearing-in was subject to the outcome of floor test and the court can hear the matter after that.

Supreme Court, however, rejected the videographing proposal.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala calls special assembly at 11 am for oath-taking before the floor test at 4pm. By extending the BJP's rule to south India, outside the Hindu nationalist party's traditional support bases in northern and western India, gives them much needed momentum for 2019 federal polls.

Lawyers for Congress, which saw its number of seats cut from 122 to 78, had told the judge bench that the party had a ready majority with the smaller Janata Dal (Secular) party which has 37 seats. There was no pre-poll alliance.

Both the Congress and JD (S) have alleged that the BJP is trying "horse trading" to engineer defection in their parties.

Meanwhile, Congress in alliance with the JD (S) is holding protests against Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as CM of Karnataka, after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in. The question, therefore, is whether the governor exercised his discretion while inviting the BJP to form the government despite the fact that the party did not have the required numbers to do so?

Reacting to the development, the Congress said that it was extraordinary and demanded the Supreme Court to take note of this 'confession.' Pawan Khera told NDTV that Rohatgi's statement was a confession of horse-trading and the top court ought to have taken note of his confession.

The Congress has argued the letter submitted by Yeddyurappa has only 104 signatures, which is clearly short of the majority mark of 112-seats in the 222-member assembly.

A specially constituted three-judge bench after more than three hours of hearing, had made it clear that it was not interfering with the governor's decision to invite the saffron party to form government in the state in which BJP with 104 seats has emerged as the single largest party.

Dated May 15 and 16, Yeddyurappa had written two letters to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday and Wednesday to stake his claim for government formation.

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