Karnataka ball in Supreme Court as race to hot seat gets dirty

It hit the roof. Not that it was not expected. The fight for the chief ministership of Karnataka took an ugly turn and the Supreme Court had to open its gates post-midnight.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, an old confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, kept an entire state on tenterhooks throughout Wednesday before inviting Bharatiya Janata Party state president BS Yeddyurappa to form government.

Expectedly, this made the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) see red. But instead of taking another punch on its face after Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, this time the Grand Old Party decided to give it back.

Party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi petitioned the Supreme Court against Vala’s decision. As former CM Yeddyurappa had promptly decided to take read his oaths Thursday morning, Singhvi pleaded that the case be heard in the intervening night itself and a stay be granted.

The apex court decided to do just that and a three-judge Bench took the case up right away. The Bench constituted by Chief Justice Dipak Misra comprised Justices AK Sikri, A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan.

Singhvi argued that the court would not be approachable once a CM was sworn in. He pointed out the respective strengths of the bickering sides: 104 for the BJP and 116 for the Congress-JD(S) combine.

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