Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Fearing poaching, Congress, JD(S) shift MLAs to Hyderabad

Fearing poaching, Congress, JD(S) shift MLAs to Hyderabad

In a rare pre-dawn hearing, Supreme Court refused to stop BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister. Chief Justice Dipak Misra constituted a Bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri, S.A. Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, and the matter was heard in court 6.

Even as State BJP Chief Yeddurappa was being sworn-in as Chief Minister at the Raj Bhavan here, the Congress and JD (S) MLAs staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi Statue near Vidhana Soudha. Over an hour into the hearing, the bench said that unless it sees BJP's letter, it would not know what kind of majority it has.

"I think any indication that the same government will continue in 2019, the markets will like it", said Vikas Khemani, President and CEO of Edelweiss Securities.

While BJP is claiming that it will pass the Floor Test in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, DK Shivakumar countered by stating that he and Congress will ensure it won't happen.

Out of the 222 seats to which elections were held, BJP bagged 104 seats to emerge as the single largest party.

Congress and JD (S) decided not to go to Kochi after charter planes were apparently denied permission to take-off from Bengaluru Thursday night.

The Karnataka drama continued late into Thursday. Congress legislator DK Shivakumar and JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said that MLAs were being moved out from Bengaluru to avoid poaching by BJP.

The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's party has snatched a fragile victory in a state election outside its political heartland, boosting momentum for the Hindu nationalist leader a year before national polls.

One thousand farmers from the state will also be allowed each year to travel to countries like Israel and China to study the best practices in agriculture under the "Chief Minister's Fellowship for Agriculture", the party had said prior to the election. By ignoring the claim of the Congress-Janata Dal (S) combine, the post-poll alliance which together commands a clear majority of 116 in the 224-member assembly, the Governor has exposed himself to the charge of political bias, arbitrariness and constitutional impropriety.

Hence, while indulging in judicial overreach in certain other matters, the apex court has now chosen not to interfere in the politically-surcharged atmosphere of Karnataka where hundreds of crores of rupees and ministerial berths are being bartered.

Mining baron Anand Singh, the newly elected Congress legislator from Vijayanagara in Ballari, is suspected to have jumped back to the BJP camp, according to senior Congress leaders.

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