India's Hindu nationalists defeat Congress in state election

Prime Minister Modi terms Karnataka victory as extraordinary, thanks the citizens of the state

The state is witnessing high voltage drama in politics after Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP to form the government on Wednesday night and prove their majority on the floor of the House in 15 days.

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in after a rare post-midnight courtroom battle unfolded dramatically over the Congress-JD (S) combine's legal push to stall government formation. "If I were Yeddyurappa, I will not take oath until the hearing at 10.30 am on Friday", said Congress leader P. Chidambaram.

The JDS chief HD Kumaraswamy said that the central government was using the Enforcement Directorate to blackmail Singh into siding with the BJP, which desperately needs eight more MLAs' support to secure the majority in the Karnataka assembly.

The court, during the hearing, also asked was it not a convention that the single-largest party gets invited by governor to form government and prove majority. The AICC has called for protests all over the country against the "partial and authoritarian act" of the governor. "No MLA will yield to their demand", he said, as per ANI.

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In the end, the court decided not to defer the swearing-in, but made it conditional on the A-G producing the letters Yeddyurappa wrote to the governor and pending the decision of the court in this petition. I have confidence that he will provide a stable and responsible govt. Sources say that opposition leaders are waiting for SC order tomorrow after which they will decide the date of their protest.

The party also agreed to accept Karnataka JD (S) chief H D Kumaraswamy as the chief minister. GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Siddaramaiah present. In the end, BJP garnered the support of five independent MLAs to become the ruling party. While the BJP's Guttedar Subhash Rukmayya in Aland beat incumbent MLA B.R. Patil, who had shifted from the Karnataka Janata Party to the Congress, by 695 votes, Kungol, Pavagada and Hirekurur were all won by Congress candidates on margins lower than 634 votes. It was already rumoured that the governor had taken a decision to this effect much before it was finally confirmed with a communiqué by the Raj Bhavan around 9pm on May 16.

Both the Congress and JD (S) have won 78 and 38 seats respectively.

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