Yeddyurappa withdraws security cover from resort hosting Congress MLAs

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This was after Mukul Rohatgi, the lawyer appearing for BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, reportedly told the Supreme Court on Friday that his clients will seek the support from the Congress and JDS MLAs to prove majority in the assembly.

He said he could not reveal their names in court but was confident that they would have the majority if there was a floor test.

The three judges concurred that the best way to resolve this would hold a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly.

One opinion is that the petition has in effect been rendered infructuous despite the next date of hearing given on Friday at 10.30 a.m. But 2018 is a different time in a different century for the BJP led by Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The Congress-JD (S) combine pointed out that giving 15 days to prove majority has opened the door for horse-trading, and the period should be reduced.

However, the top court refused to stay the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa. The floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker.

Rohtagi, while reading out the operative part of the May 16 letter sent by Yeddyurappa to the governor, said the BJP leader had said in the letter that the party has emerged as the single largest party in the state and they were wiling to form the government. The BJP has claimed that "dissenting members" from both the Congress and the JD (S) - unhappy over the post-poll alliance - are willing to vote for the BS Yeddyurappa government.

Within hours of taking oath on May 17, Yeddyurappa said, "I had promised the farmers that I would waive off crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh soon after I become the Chief Minister".

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Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka yesterday, argued that the BJP as the single largest party had the "mandate of people", who had thrown out the Congress. "We are in power and we will prove our majority", he said. The Election Commission has tabulated the results of the just-concluded Assembly elections and submitted a detailed list of 222 candidates, who have been elected from all political parties. With the majority mark at 112, the BJP either needs support from eight legislators to increase its numbers or bring the effective strength of the assembly down with some legislators quitting.

Congress Party has chose to observe a "Save Democracy Day" in protest against the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's "collusion with the BJP", by inviting BS Yeddyurappa to take the oath of office despite falling short of the required mandate.

Gandhi, who is on a two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, was apparently referring to the unprecedented press conference by four senior judges of the Supreme Court in January this year to express their grievances against the chief justice of India.

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