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SC to hear Cong-JD(S) petition against Karnataka Guv invite to BJP to form govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The tonight agreed to hear at 1:45 am the petition filed by the and the JD(S) challenging Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the BJP to form the government in the southern state.

The Justice of India has constituted a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and to hear the matter in court number six.

The joint petition by the and the (Secular) has sought a stay on the oath-taking ceremony, as communicated by the to the BJP's ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa.

In a midnight legal push, the had approached the seeking an immediate intervention by the justice to stay the move, which it termed as an "encounter of the Constitution".

The Congress urged to hold an urgent hearing tonight itself since Yeddyurappa is slated to take oath as at 9 am tomorrow.

Senior Congress said the party sought hearing on its petition challenging the governor's decision tonight itself.

The Congress termed the governor's decision as "murder of democracy and trampling of Constitution".

Earlier in the evening, Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath as tomorrow. He also asked Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office.

Singhvi, who has been assigned the task to lead Congress' legal challenge against Vala's decision, had met the to take forward the process to hear the "urgent petition".

The Congress has termed the move to form a BJP government in as "illegal and against the law and constitution."

The petition prepared by Dev Dutt Kamath contended that despite presenting the list of 116 MLAs, has invited the BJP which has 104 MLAs to form the government and has given relatively longer time of 15 days to prove the majority on the floor of the House.

The petition, it is learnt, has also stated that an order should be passed for inviting the Congress to form the government.

Kamath and other advocates earlier met the for putting the petition before CJI Misra for constituting the bench.

Sources said the BJP has also kept a team of senior advocates, including C S Vaidyanathan, ready to represent the party.

The Congress has also said that granting 15 days' time to Yeddyurappa to prove majority on the floor of the House will promote horse trading, alleging that BJP will resort to poaching of MLAs of Congress and JD(S).

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the southern state winning 104 seats, but is short of a simple majority.

On the other hand, the Congress and JD(S), which have already announced post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats respectively and claimed before Vala to have numbers to form government in the state.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 01:50 IST