Letter to guv is key in top court battle today
NEWDELHI: The resolution of Karnataka’s political-legal drama may well rest on a letter the newly sworn-in chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa, sent to governor Vajubhai Vala while staking claim to form the government.
During the extraordinary midnight hearing in the Supreme Court on Thursday, the main argument of Congress-janata Dal (Secular) petitioners, challenging Vala’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to take oath, was that while the BJP was the single largest party in the state assembly, it did not have majority support.
“Calling a person who has support of 104 MLAS as opposed to Congress-jds alliance of 116 MLAS and then giving the person 15 days is adding insult to injury by the governor,” argued senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
He suggested that the governor may have been misled by Yeddyurappa’s letter, which he said claimed to have the support of 111 legislators.