"The Governor's invitation does not mention any number at all!", Chidambaram said in another tweet.
In the end, the court decided not to defer the swearing-in, but made it conditional on the A-G producing the letters Yeddyurappa wrote to the governor and pending the decision of the court in this petition. Venugopal appeared on behalf of the government, Mukul Rohtagi appeared for three BJP MLAs, and Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented the Congress-JD (S) combine. Sources said except two Congress MLA s all have gone to Hyderabad.
Together, and with a support of one BSP member and an independent, the Congress and JD-S make 117. Total 116 MLAs are there. Earlier, all MLAs were expected to board a chartered plane from Mysore or Bangalore to Cochin in Left-ruled Kerela, but the permission for the same was denied.
As per JD (S) president HD Kumaraswamy, BJP is on a horse-trading mode and some 28 of his MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore to switch camps. Addressing party workers in New Delhi on Tuesday evening, PM Modi said, opposition tried to deceive people during the polls with lies but people have given them a befitting reply. "If I were Mr Yeddyurappa, I will not take oath until the hearing at 10.30 am on Friday, 18th May".
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The discretionary powers conferred on the governor can not certainly be arbitrary and has to be exercised within the constitutional norms and conventions guiding the exercise of such discretion.
"Karnataka was the only state with a Congress government in the south (if union territory Puducherry is discounted)", said an editorial in the CPI-M journal "People's Democracy". It could still overturn the BJP's win and allow other parties to try to form government.
Considering the submission of Jethmalani seeking an urgent hearing, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra today said that a three-judge special bench, which had heard the matter in the early hours, would hear the matter tomorrow.
Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited the BJP, which won 104 of 222 seats, to form the government, and had given Yeddyurappa a fortnight to prove his majority in the House.
The Congress on Thursday said Yeddyurappa will prove to be a "one-day chief minister" as he lacks numbers.More news: Privileged if my Rs 100 crore film is called 'flop': Salman Khan
In 1983, Ramakrishna Hegde, who wanted to protect his government from being dissolved by the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had taken the MLAs to a resort in Devanahalli.
Article 163, 164 grant powers to the Governor to act according to his discretion while appointing a chief minister and a council of ministers.
The BJP won 104, the Congress 78 and the JD-S 37. But now the reports say that the MLAs are being whisked away to Puducherry.
"We have full faith in the Supreme Court". Yeddyurappa, who had released BJP's manifesto in Bengaluru last month, declared that the decision on loan waiver would be taken in the very first Cabinet meeting if voted to power.More news: EU's Donald Tusk takes aim at Donald Trump over Iran, trade tariffs