Congress moves SC against governor's decision to invite BJP to form govt

cong-moving-sc Senior Congress leaders (L-R) P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Randeep Singh Surjewala during a press conference | PTI

Even as Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka, the Congress sought an immediate hearing in the Supreme Court against the decision taken by the governor.

The Congress is seeking a stay on the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa. The party will also demand a chance to prove its majority on the floor of the house.

Congress slams Governor Vala

The Congress lambasted Vala for inviting BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state, accusing him of acting like a "BJP puppet" and allowing the saffron party to "manufacture" a majority in 15 days.

Congress leader P. Chidambaram also alleged that the governor has given Yeddyurappa 15 days time to "convert" the number of 104 legislators to 111.

"Governor invites Mr Yeddyurappa to manufacture a majority in 15 days...Governor gives Mr Yeddyurappa 15 days to convert the number 104 into 111," he tweeted.

Party general secretary Ashok Gehlot said the decision was a "murder of democracy" and has been taken under pressure from the BJP leadership.

"It is a murder of democracy in the country and it is a black day in India's history...The decision has been taken under pressure of BJP leaders," Gehlot told PTI.

Gehlot expressed concerns over the development, and said people of the country are "worried" over the direction in which the country was moving.

In a communique, Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath as chief minister on Thursday. He also asked Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office.

The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the southern state, winning 104 seats, but is short of a simple majority. On the other hand, the Congress and JD(S), which have already announced post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats respectively and claimed before Vala to have the numbers to form the government in the state.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also hit out at Vala, accusing him of denigrating the governor's office, trampling upon Constitution and abusing law, and acting like a "BJP puppet".

Vala, Surjewala charged, chose to serve "his masters in the BJP" than serving the Constitution.

"Vajubhai Vala denigrates the Governor's office,tramples upon Constitution,abuses the law & acts as a BJP puppet.

"He chooses to serve his Master's in BJP rather then serve the Constitution. As @BJPKarnataka informed in advance, orders come from BJP HQ then the sanctity of office," he said on Twitter.

(With PTI inputs)