Let­ter to guv is key in top court bat­tle to­day

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - Ashok Ba­griya

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.

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