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BJP asked to form government in Karnataka despite lack of majority
"We had soon after the declaration of election results stake claim to form a government, however, we were not invited by the governor". The bench constituted by the CJI to hear the matter included justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan.
The opposition forged a post-poll alliance with a regional party and told the state governor it had a combined tally of at least 117 seats and should be allowed to form the government in the state. If the single largest party has been called in Karnataka, then why were we not given the opportunity, "he says".
Senior leader KH Muniyappa, said, " This is not the system. The magical number required to form a government is 112.
In his submission, Singhvi said the swearing-in could be extended from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday and the BJP should be asked to produce the letter of support from majority of legislators.
Singh could not be reached for comment, but he is not one of the signatories in Congress letter of support that was submitted to the governor on Tuesday.
Singhvi said the governor had negated democracy by not calling the alliance commanding majority.
Yeddyruppa has been given 15 days to prove his majority.
Following Congress footstep, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav also made a decision to meet the Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form the government in the state.
This irked Congress which moved to Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Valla's order.
President MK Stalin on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has misused the office of the Governor to form the government in Karnataka. On May 15, the BJP won 104 seats out of 222 Assembly seats that went to polls in Karnataka.
Terming Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government "unconstitutional", the former chief minister lashed out at the Centre and said, "How is this Central government behaving?"
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