Mukul Rohatgi's 'confession,' Congress wants SC to take note

While the Manipur Congress won 28 of the 60 assembly seats in the state the BJP had won 21

While the Manipur Congress won 28 of the 60 assembly seats in the state the BJP had won 21

Journalists say that in one of the letters, Yedurappa, who is a sick man and has to take injections every morning, has claimed the BJP has the support of 104 MLAs which is short of an absolute majority.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed a new government in India's southern state of Karnataka on Thursday as the Congress party mounted a legal challenge saying its opponent lacked a majority in the legislature. After Yeddyurappa sworn in as CM yesterday, Congress & JDS tried to unite their MLAs and shifted them out of Bangalore's Eagleton Resort, where they are holding up ever since the Karnataka got the hung assembly mandate.

The degree of shamelessness with which the Karnataka post-poll drama is being played is a clear and blatant abuse of power by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, who invited the BJP to form the government despite the fact that it didn't have a simple majority.

Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at the oath ceremony in Bengaluru, on Thursday.

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Singhvi told that the Supreme Court restrained Yedyurappa from taking any major policy decisions till after the floor test.

The Congress has said it will move the Supreme Court over the governor's decision to appoint Bopaiah. The floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Yeddyurappa, had sought time till Monday for the floor test but the bench ordered it for Saturday.

Both the Congress and JD (S) have alleged that the BJP is trying "horse trading" to engineer defection in their parties.

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At the outset, the bench asked the Attorney General K K Venugopal, "Have you brought those letters (sent to the Governor by Yeddyurappa)?".

The bench directed Rohatgi to give the copies of the letters to the counsel appearing for Congress-JD (S) combine.

The results of the Karnataka Assembly polls announced on May 15 showed that the BJP had won 104 seats, emerging as the single largest party, while the Congress and JD (S) bagged 78 and 38 seats, respectively.

The Congress-JD (S) alliance moved a fresh plea in Supreme Court on Thursday challenging Governor Vajubhai R Vala's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to the state assembly. With the threat of cross-voting or abstention defying the party whip looming large for the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance, the Speaker's election will play a crucial role in the political play. The cases of Karnataka, Meghalaya and Nagaland were similar in that in all these states the incumbent governments were dismissed and President's Rule was imposed on the basis of the governors' satisfaction that the governments had lost majority support in the respective Assemblies, without giving them an opportunity for a floor test.

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