Karnataka: BJP MLAs elect Yeddyurappa leader of its legislative party

Kumaraswamy to write to Mamata Banerjee and political leaders to protect democracy

Elections to two seats are yet to be held.

In its midnight legal push, the Congress and JD (S) approached the Supreme Court seeking an immediate intervention by the chief justice to stay the move, which it termed as an "encounter of the Constitution". The party has offered unconditional support to a government headed by JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy.

Polling results of Karnataka Assembly Elections were out yesterday BJP won the majority of seats. Such is the irony that HD Kumaraswamyof the Janata Dal (Secular) that finished third, winning only 37 seats with a vote share of 18.4%, is now a frontrunner to head the next government. It has also claimed support of an independent MLA.

However, highly placed sources studying constitutional options in Karnataka told Mirror that the biggest hitch the BJP in Karnataka is facing is that if Governor Vala invites the BJP, it would be in clear violation of the SR Bommai judgement. For, the salience of the Karnataka election result is that if only the Congress and the JD (S) had forged a pre-poll alliance, the BJP would have been decimated in Sunday's poll. "We will not allow any such thing to happen", Congress leader DK Shivakumar said. We bow our heads to the verdict. Another Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said, "We believe in all our MLAs".

"I invite you to form the Government and be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka". They have accepted our offer. "We will discuss the future plan". Former state home minister Ramalinga Reddy had accused the BJP at the Centre of tapping telephonic conversations of Congress leaders. They are levelling baseless charges against BJP. The Congress-JD (S) combine adds up to 115.

Meanwhile, following Governor's invitation to BJP on forming govt, JD (S) leaders contemplate to shift party MLAs to Eagleton resort.

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"Only Yeddyurappa will take oath and form the cabinet after proving majority within 15 days, as directed by the Governor", said Vamanacharya.

The BJP's Chief Ministerial face, B.S. Yeddyurappa, on Wednesday staked claim to form the new government in Karnataka. As uncertainty looms large, the allegations of "horse-trading" MLAs' have been made from all the three parties. The party has been leading in 25 seats in the Vokkaliga dominant region of Karnataka. Conventionally, a governor can ask respective parties or coalitions to establish their majority in the house by way of a floor test. "The Congress will get just 60 to 65 seats".

He led the BJP to power the first time they won in Karnataka in 2008 and has also served as chief minister.

INC filed a plea against the governor's decision to invite BJP's post-poll alliance in Goa.

It now depends on governor Vajubhai Vala whether he would follow convention or go along with SC's previous year suggestion.

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