To Protect MLAs from BJP ‘poaching; Cong to take its MLAs to Kochi- report

After the Karnataka threw up a hung verdict, the Kerala Tourism had extended an invite to the MLAs to come and stay in their ‘safe’ resorts. The tweet by the official handle of Kerala Tourism had garnered much attention on social media, before being taken down. As there seems to be no let up in the Karnataka political turmoil, rumours claim that some of the MLAs could indeed be taken to Kerala.

With the BJP trying to shore up its numbers ahead of the trust vote, Congress-JD(S) combine are pulling in all strings to keep their MLAs together. Sensing trouble in Karnataka, both the Congress and JD(S) have decided to move its MLAs out of the state. They could be flown to Kochi in Kerala on Friday as three chartered flights denied permission on Thursday, TV reports said. Sources also said JD(S) MLAs are likely to be taken to Hyderabad. It needs to be pointed out that both these ‘hideouts’ are not ruled by the BJP.

In a late night development, 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.

After a nearly three-and-a-half-hour hearing beginning 2:11 am, a three-judge apex court bench also made it clear that the swearing-in and the government formation would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.

The bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, posted the matter for further hearing tomorrow morning and ordered placing before it the letter of support from MLAs presented by the BJP to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala while staking claim to form the governmen

Yeddyurappa was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the governor at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters. He has been given 15 days’ time to prove majority.

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