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Congress Approaches Chief Justice After Karnataka Governor Invites BJP To Form Government

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New Delhi: Minutes after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form the government on Wednesday evening, the Congress rushed to Chief Justice of Dipak Misra to ask him to cancel the governor's invitation to the BJP. The Congress, which has called the governor's decision an "encounter of the Constitution", has asked Chief Justice Misra to hold the hearing later in the night to ensure that Mr Yeddyurappa isn't sworn-in tomorrow.

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Karnataka Governor invited BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form government and gave him 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house this evening.

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The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka. It has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 222-seat assembly, but is seven short of majority.

The Congress, which got 78 seats, has partnered with the Janata Dal Secular and together they have 116 seats, four more than the halfway mark. The Congress says it is them who should have been invited to form the party first.

Addressing the media, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "The governor has shamed his office."

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"Amit Shah and BJP today sanctioned an encounter of the constitution and the law. Governor has subjugated the law and shamed the office of governor and I don't think such a person has the right to continue," Mr Surjewala added.

JDS leader HD Kumarasway said, "By giving 15 days time (to prove majority), governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan."

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