BS Yeddyurappa Sworn in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka

BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa shows victory sign during a press conference a day after polling for Karnataka Assembly elections

BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa shows victory sign during a press conference a day after polling for Karnataka Assembly elections

The stock market has also been vying for a BJP win.

By hook or by crook?

It has been revealed that this application will be heard along with the main petition challenging the Governor's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government.

Though the Congress-JD (S) had staked claim to form the new government as it had a combined strength of around 117, Karnataka governor invited B.S.Yeddyurappa the BJP to form the government and prove his majority in 15 days. "How could the Prime Minister and the BJP president have attended the programme on such a short notice?" a BJP leader said.

Justice Sikri shot back with paragraph 4.11.04 of the commission's recommendation where the order of precedence to be accorded is explicitly given.

If it succeeds, the BJP and its allies would govern 22 of India's 29 states.

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Isaac asks how the authorities concerned forgot the recent development in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.

But Singhvi thereafter referred to the Rameshwar Prasad case (2006) - though he did not refer to the SR Bommai judgement (1994).

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

Shah spent Thursday attending a pre-scheduled marathon meeting of different frontal organisations of the BJP to prepare them for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The court said it was preposterous to make such an argument and this was an open invitation to horse-trading. BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, but Congress and JD (S), with their 78 and 37 seats respectively, joined hands to form a coalition in the state.

Lawyers representing the BJP did not volunteer information on the letter in court.

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To avoid poaching, JD (S)-Congress are moving all their MLAs out of Karnataka- probably to Cochin, reports suggest.

In fact, Rohatgi referred to the loss of sleep at least four times during the proceedings leaving one to wonder if it was a deliberate strategy on his part to evoke similar sentiments from the bench.

Singhvi admitted he did not have the letter. Else I am in. 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. Though no stay, bench made swearing fully subject to further orders. A notice was issued to the respondents and the case is slated to be heard tomorrow (May 18) at 10.30am.

The apex court refused to stay Yeddyurappa's swearing-in ceremony early Thursday despite the last ditch appeal by the Congress which resulted in a post-midnight hearing lasting until the early hours of the morning.

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.

Romesh Bhandari, the governor of Uttar Pradesh in the late 1990s, also did not care for constitutional propriety.

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Didn't the court end up giving a window to Yeddyurappa to conjure up the numbers through illegitimate means by not deferring his swearing-in?

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