BJP will now try money, muscle to steal mandate: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka

New Delhi, May 18: Soon after the Supreme Court ordered floor test in Karnataka Assembly, Congress President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party saying they will now try money and muscle, to steal the mandate.

Gandhi said in a tweet, “today’s Supreme Court order, vindicates our stand that Governor Vala acted unconstitutionally”.

“The BJP’s bluff that it will form the Government in Karnataka, even without the numbers, has been called out by the court. Stopped legally, they will now try money and muscle, to steal the mandate”, he added.

Earlier in Day, the Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan ordered a floor test in the Karnataka assembly at 4 pm tomorrow.

The court was hearing the petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) combine against the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state.

Noted lawyer Kapil Sibal appeared for Congress-JDS along with Sr Advocate AM Singhvi, Sr Advocate Ram Jethmalani. While Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi represented the BJP.

In one of the most bitterly fought polls in recent times, the voting for 222 out of 224 constituencies took place on May 12. The major twist came in after the poll verdict that led to a hung assembly – with the BJP winning 104 seats, Congress 78 and JD(S) clinching 37 seats.

Despite Congress and JD-(S) forming an alliance and being in a strong position to form the government with enough seats together (115), Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on Wednesday invited the BJP to form the new government.


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