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The main opposition Congress party forged a post-poll alliance with a regional party and told the state governor it had a combined tally of at least 117 seats and should be allowed to form the government in the state.

"We will organise a grand show once Yeddyurappa proves his majority and the ministers are sworn in", he added. Three-judge bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Gobde had heared the Congress & JD (S) petition challenging Karnataka Governor's decision all through the night on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Today's Supreme Court order, vindicates our stand that governor Vajubhai Vala acted unconstitutionally", he said on Twitter.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the biggest victor in the Karnataka state election but has fallen short of a majority, sparking a scramble for power between the party and its arch rival Congress.

In his address, BJP president Amit Shah said, after independence, Congress party fought the Karnataka polls in the most unethical way. The ruling party has much less members than us.

After the Supreme Court ordered a Karnataka Assembly floor test on Saturday, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday said he is confident of winning the required majority.

Both the Congress and JD (S) have alleged that the BJP is trying "horse trading" to engineer defection in their parties.

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Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said everything was in the realm of "speculation" as the entire matter was still "a grey area".

He also said that the BJP leader had requested the governor to invite the party to form government and had also said that they would provide a "stable government" and they have the "support of others".

BJP today placed before the Supreme Court the letters Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa had sent to Governor Vajubhai Vala in which he had staked claim to form the government in Karnataka. "Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate", he wrote on the micro-blogging site.

On Thursday senior lawyer and former law minister Ram Jethmalani made a "mention" before Chief Justice Dipak Misra for listing a petition filed by him in his personal capacity questioning the decision of the governor to invite Mr Yeddyurappa to form the government.

Government formation in Karnataka has been a muddled affair with the Karnataka Assembly election results 2018 throwing up a hung Assembly, giving 104 seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 78 seats to the Congress and 37 seats to the JD (S). In Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya, the respective governors had changed the rules of the game by saying no single largest party will form the government if someone else had the numbers.

The Congress and the JD (S) had joined hands after the election and staked claim to form the government.


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