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Cong seeks appointment with Prez over Karnataka issue

Political News, State, (New Delhi), May 18:-The Congress has sought an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind on behalf of like-minded opposition parties to appraise him about the Karnataka Governor inviting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form government in the state even though there was a split verdict in the Assembly election.

A Congress source said though the party has sought an appointment with Kovind on Friday, they are likely to meet him next week in the view of the floor test be held in Karnataka Assembly on Friday, as ordered by the Supreme Court, to ascertain whether newly appointed BJP Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa enjoys majority in the state.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had given the BJP 15 days’ time to prove its majority. The Congress and the JD(S) had moved the Supreme Court against the decision of Governor Vala to invite Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in Karnataka Assembly, was invited by Governor Vala to form the government despite the JD(S)-Congress combine staking claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs.

The majority mark is 112 seats. Elections were held for all but two of the 224 seats. B S Yeddyurappa took oath as chief minister in Bengaluru onThursday.

The parties, including the RJD, want to highlight to the President that different rules are being cited in different states over government formation.

They say that even though the Rashtriya Janada Dal (RJD) is the single largest party in Bihar, its case was not considered by the governor. Similar situations have arisen in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Congress MLAs are also seeking to meet the respective governors and stake their claim to form government in states where they are the single largest party.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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