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Deve Gowda discusses situation with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi

Deve Gowda discusses situation with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi

After quite a long drama of Karnataka Election results, BS Yeddyurappa from BJP has been elected to be the Chief Minister of the state. On the other hand, the BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party in the just-concluded Karnataka polls, accused the Congress of trying to "loot the mandate" by seeking to stitch a post-poll alliance with the JD (S).

Attorney general K K Venugopal on Thursday criticised the Congress-JD (S) combine in the Supreme Court for taking the political battle of Karnataka to the judicial arena, saying the proper forum for them to contest the BJP's claim was the floor of the House.

Though the Congress-JD (S) had staked claim to form the new government as it had a combined strength of around 117, Karnataka governor invited B.S.Yeddyurappa the BJP to form the government and prove his majority in 15 days.

One independent, R Shankar, who the Congress had vowed his support to its coalition with the JDS, was seen with the BJP on Wednesday before once again returning to the former's fold.

"As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case", the bench said. "I am not going to wait till 15 days, the time period Governor Vajubhai Vala gave, to prove majority in Assembly".

In a turn of events, the JD (S) and Congress forge a post-poll alliance government. Mukul Rohatgi had clarified that he was not representing Yeddyurappa but "some BJP MLAs from Karnataka who woke him up from sleep".

The BJP won 104 seats in the 224-member assembly, nine short of a majority.

"Yedyurappa's letter to the Governor will seal his fate".

#09:35 AM: Bengaluru: Congress MLAs and leaders, including GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah, gather at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha to protest against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as CM of Karnataka.

The Congress party, as well as the JD (S), are on Thursday moving their MLAs from Bengaluru to different locations to prevent them from defecting to BJP.

Kumaraswamy also asked non-BJP parties to unite and requested his father and former prime minister Deve Gowda to take the initiative.

4pm: Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala says his party will protest the Governor's decision tomorrow by holding dharnas across the country.