Congress shepherds MLAs to 5-star resort amid charges of horse-trading

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The bench headed by Justice AK Sikri, while seeking Yeddyurappa's response on the petition by Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) seeking to stall his swearing-in, has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 a.m. on Friday. Singh could not be reached for comment, but he is not one of the signatories in Congress letter of support that was submitted to the governor on Tuesday.

State Gov. Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP on Wednesday to form the government after it emerged as the single largest party in the state legislature following the May 12 poll.

Talking about the Congress' agenda for the 2019 general elections, while addressing a public gathering at Raipur, Rahul said, "I had asked Modi Ji, that since you let go the loans of businessmen why can't you do the same for the farmers of Chhattisgarh?" The skeletal staff that was specially roused in the middle of the night to get the apex court functioning for the hearing was milling about trying to make arrangements in time for the hearing to begin shortly.

Article 333 of the Constitution of India empowers the Governor of a State to nominate a member of the Anglo-Indian community to the Legislative Assembly if he is of the opinion that the community is not adequately represented therein. To which Singhvi said: "I am assuming dynamic and moving loyalty also but let us test that first now". The party also agreed to accept Karnataka JD (S) chief H D Kumaraswamy as the chief minister.

Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala criticised the governor's decision, saying it "cannot sustain the scrutiny of the constitution or the test of law".

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To a layman like me, it struck me as odd Abhishek Singhvi referring to the Sarkaria Commission's recommendations since it was already being cited in the media as part of BJP's defence of the governor's stand.

In his plea Jethmalani said, he has not come before the court in favour or against any party but has been hurt over the unconstitutional decision taken by the Governor.

The JDS and Congress had moved the Supreme Court after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government first. "Unless we see that letter of support, we can not speculate", said Justice SA Bobde, one of the three judges on the bench. In a rare pre-dawn hearing, Supreme Court refused to stop BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister. "A JD (S) leader has said that ₹100 crore is being offered to his MLAs". "How could the Prime Minister and the BJP president have attended the programme on such a short notice?" a BJP leader said. The court also observed that the general trend of its past judgments was not to issue injunctions or to restrain the governor.

Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot along with several leaders held a protest outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru against the swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

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