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Karnataka: SC asks how Yeddyurappa convinced governor of numbers

Karnataka: SC asks how Yeddyurappa convinced governor of numbers

The Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) put together, along with the Bahujan Samaj Party and two independents, have the support of 117 MLAs.

The Congress won 78 seats, BJP won 104, JD (S) 38 and others 2. However, few hours later, parties said all but one legislator were on board.

The law as it now stands gives the governor absolute immunity from judicial intervention in the exercise of his discretionary powers.

To this, the Justices Sikri, Bobde and Bhushan said they were wondering whether the Supreme Court can restrain a Governor that might lead to constitutional vacuum in a state.

They said that the general trend of the past Supreme Court judgements was not to issue the injunction to Governor or to restrain Governor. The Congress-JD (S) alliance was short-lived and JD (S) formed an alliance with the BJP to set up a coalition government. Curiously, the Court sought to see the letters that the BJP submitted to the governor, as Vala invited the BJP to take office on the basis of those letters.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was leading his party's challenge, called Karnataka governor's invite "an encounter of the constitution". That is not possible, he said, adding that the apex court can not interefere too much with the legislature's work. Figures calculated by television channels suggest that Modi had a better strike rate in terms of votes than Gandhi, and that Modi's electioneering combined with that Amit Shah, the BJP president, and Yogi Adityanath, the controversial Hindu priest-turned politician who is chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, won widespread support, especially among young voters.

Under a rotational chief ministership arrangement, Kumaraswamy became the chief minister and Yeddyurappa his deputy.

The latest fractured mandate has given the three main parties an opportunity to form post-poll alliances and prove their majority on the floor of the House.

"I will not make any comment on Karnataka government formation process, as it is exclusively the discretion of the Governor". In other words, irrational and arbitrary decisions are not acceptable under the Constitution. As chief minister, Modi gave Vala the most important portfolios - finance, revenue, employment and labor. However, the BJP bosses badly need to disabuse themselves of the idea that they are politically invincible.

Even as the JD (S) LP was under way, two MLA elects - Raja Venktappa Naik and Appajirao Nadagouda - could not reach the venue on time, triggering speculation that they had switched sides, reminding people of Operation Kamala in 2008.

When this is the factual position, on what basis did the governor decide that Yeddyurappa would be in the best position to provide a stable government?

Earlier in the day, lashing out at the alleged bribing of JD (S) MLAs, Kumaraswamy questioned as to why no inquiry was being conducted by the income tax department on the source of the cash being offered.

Siddaramaiah, on his part, had asked minority communities to "beware of" the JD (S), which, he said, was likely to sidle up to the BJP for power.

A revolving-door policy for a governor makes things even more questionable!