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Congress murdering mandate in Karnataka: BJP

Prime News, National (New Delhi), May 18:- The uncertainty over government formation in Karnataka is turning out to be a political thriller. After the Congress’ midnight knock at the Supreme Court against state Governor Vajubhai Vala inviting the BJP to form the government, and the subsequent court order on Friday, a war of words has broken out between the Congress and BJP.

As the Congress claimed victory after the Supreme Court order, asking B.S. Yeddyurappa to prove his majority by 4pm on Saturday, the BJP hit back at the Congress, saying it was ‘murdering’ the mandate given by the people of Karnataka.

“The way Congress is trying to create an atmosphere in Karnataka and across the country, it has been exposed. It is rejoicing after rejection (in elections). Its tally has come down from 122 seats to 78. This shows its real face,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said on Friday.

“They are murdering the mandate. Nothing is greater in a democracy than a mandate. The conspiracy the Congress is hatching is before everyone to see,” he added.

Referring to newspaper reports, Patra alleged that Congress lawyer and leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had drafted a petition to be filed before the Supreme Court where it wanted the single-largest party to be invited. This was done on the premise that Congress would emerge as the largest political party in the elections, and there were chances of BJP and JD(S) coming together. So, when the reverse happened, the petition was changed and the Congress went to court challenging the governor’s order inviting the BJP, the single-largest party, to form the government.

The Supreme Court order fixing a time for the floor test has made things tough for the BJP. It had originally asked for seven days before Governor Vala, but the latter gave it 15 days.

Interestingly, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy blamed lawyer Mukul Rohtagi for the strict order by the court. He questioned as to why Rohtagi was in court when the attorney general should have been presenting the facts. Swamy claimed that BJP has got the support of a few more MLAs and it was now short of three MLAs.

Both the Congress and the JD(S) are keeping their MLAs under strict surveillance due to fear of poaching. The Congress claimed that one of its MLAs, Anand Singh, has been kidnapped by the BJP. Patra, however, denied the charges as baseless.

Now, after the appointment of a pro-tem speaker, BJP MLA K.G. Bopaiah, the Assembly session would be called. After both the sides would have presented their side during the session, the floor test would be ordered.

The floor test is likely to be a hotly contested one. Drama is expected inside the Assembly on Saturday.

The BJP had earlier demanded that secret balloting be used for the voting, but the Supreme Court rejected that demand.

The BJP even accused the Congress of producing a fabricated letter carrying signatures of its MLAs before the governor, as it could not produce any receipt of it in the court. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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