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May 18, 2018 12:57 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Karnataka Election Results 2018: Congress likely to approach SC over caretaker status for Karnataka CM

The Congress decided to go this way after the freshly sworn-in CM promised a loan waiver of Rs 1 lakh crore for the farmers.

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BS Yeddyurappa
BS Yeddyurappa

As part of its legal strategy forward to navigate through the impasse after the Karnataka election results, Congress may seek a caretaker CM status for BS Yeddyurappa from the Supreme Court until the floor test is done, according to a report in The Economic Times.

The Congress decided to go this way after the freshly sworn-in CM promised a loan waiver of Rs 1 lakh crore for the farmers. Congress’ lead counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that this went against the spirit of the SC’s early morning order, after the court's late-night hearing.

Singhvi is of the view that Yeddyurappa should remain in some capacity as a caretaker till he has passed the floor test. “The court explicitly made the assumption of the chief ministership dependent on its further orders... with such a tenuous existence, Yeddyurappa chooses to have a single-person cabinet meeting with himself and announces a significant policy decision like a loan waiver,” he told ET.

Both BJP and Congress are readying themselves for the legal battle while other non-BJP parties are mounting pressure with coordinated protests against Yeddyurappa being sworn in when BJP didn’t reach half-way mark. The RJD in Bihar, Congress in Goa and Meghalaya are staking claim to form the government, opposing BJP’s coalition in those states.

Prakash Javadekar told the press that these parties never staked claim in the states. “In Manipur, where I was incharge, the Congress CM Ibobi Singh submitted the letter of support from the Manipur People’s Party while staking claim. When the news leaked, the MPP said they had never issued any such letter. It looked like they had committed forgery.”

BS Yeddyurappa also ordered the removal of security from outside the resorts where Congress MLAs had been housed. Javadekar attacked Congress on its way of treating its MLAs like prisoners. “They are not being allowed to keep their phones, news channels have been removed from the TV watch list. Don’t they trust their own MLAs?”

On Wednesday, the state governor had invited the BJP to form the government in Karnataka, ignoring Congress and JD(S)’s claims for an alliance.

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