Battle For Karnataka Live: BJP’s bluff called out by court: Rahul Gandhi

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said the Supreme Court order on floor test in Karnataka was a vindication of the party’s stand that the governor acted “unconstitutionally”.

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said the court has called out BJP’s “bluff” of forming a government even without the numbers and alleged that the party will now resort to using money and muscle power to “steal” the mandate.

“Today’s Supreme Court order, vindicates our stand that Governor Vajubhai Vala acted unconstitutionally,” he said on Twitter.

He also said that the party has been stopped legally from forming their government as they do not have the numbers.

“The BJP’s bluff that it will form the Government., even without the numbers, has been called out by the court. Stopped legally, they will now try money and muscle, to steal the mandate,” he said.

All MLAs with us, says Siddaramaiah:

Rejecting suggestions of any break in the ranks of Congress and JD(S), former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today maintained that all their MLAs were together ahead of the floor test tomorrow.

Welcoming the Supreme Court order on the floor test tomorrow as “historic”, Siddaramaiah said the BJP did not enjoy majority with only 104 seats.

“They have won 104 only. They don’t have 112 seats, they don’t have even one seat above 104 because two independents got elected with us. Congress (78), JDS (37) and two independents (independent+KPJP) and BSP 1…total 118. As Kumaraswamy has won two seats it stands at 117.
“All of are together. We have an understanding. Despite this being reality, despite they (BJP) not asking for 15 days, the governor has given them 15 days to prove majority. What inference could one draw?” Siddaramaiah said.

“Governor has followed Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s instructions. If he had followed constitution, he would not have taken such decision,” he said.

Targeting the Prime Minister and the BJP president, Siddaramaiah said, “Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are fossils of Hitler in this country. They don’t have respect for constitution or democracy.

“It is a murder of democracy. It is a clear violation of Constitution,” he said.

He said never in the past had a chief minister been given 15 days to prove majority.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, meanwhile, alleged that Congress MLA Anand Singh was in the “captivity” of the government of India.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in Karnataka Assembly, was invited by Governor Vala to form the government.

In a historic pre-dawn hearing, the top court had yesterday cleared the last-minute hurdle created by the Congress-JD(S) combine for the BJP’s ambitious surge in southern India by paving the way for Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka.

Hundred per cent confident of proving majority: Yeddyurappa

Welcoming the Supreme Court order for a floor test, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today asserted he was “100 per cent” confident that he would prove the majority in the state Assembly.

“We will abide by the Supreme Court verdict…we have got100 per cent support and cooperation to prove the majority,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here soon after the apex court’s order.

“Amidst all these political games, we will prove our majority tomorrow. We will obey the Supreme Court order,” said Yeddyurappa, who faces an uphill task rustling up the 112 MLAs required to cross the floor test hurdle.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House with an effective strength of 222, and hopes some newly elected lawmakers of the Congress and JD(S) would break ranks with their respective parties and back the Yeddyurappa government.

Yeddyurappa said he would discuss with the chief secretary and call the Assembly session, and other procedures will follow.

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