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Prime Minister Modi terms Karnataka victory as extraordinary, thanks the citizens of the state

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala (right) administers the oath to BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa as chief minister in Bangalore on Thursday.

According to the Election Comission of India, the BJP was leading with 104 seats and the Indian National Congress (INC) was following with 76 seats at the time of publication.

"Wait till tomorrow or day after tomorrow", Yeddyurappa said when asked about BJP proving majority in a floor test to be conducted in the House at the end of this month. "How come the Governor invited them to form government when the BJP does not have numbers to do so the Governor has encountered the Constitution twice he has murdered democracy", he said.

Referring to speculation that Congress MLA Anand Singh, who has been out of touch with his party, could rejoin the BJP, Kumaraswamy said the ED was being used against him as there was a case pending against him. The combine had claimed before Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to have the requisite numbers to form government in the state.

There are about a dozen Lingayat MLAs in Congress and JD (S) who could unite around to supporting BS Yeddyurappa, well thought-out the tallest politician from the community.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 8, 2018. Jethmalani, who had taken retirement from law practice, told the bench that the Karnataka Governor's order is a "gross abuse of Constitutional power", reported IANS. "We request the learned Attorney General and/or respondent No.3 to produce these letters on the next date of hearing".

The court refused to stay Yeddyurappa's swearing in on Thursday but asked for the letter he wrote to the governor to be produced on Friday.

The BJP now has 104 elected members while the Congress-JD (S) alliance together have 116 MLA-elects.

The Governor has given 15-days time to the Yeddyurappa government to prove the majority in the House.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made huge gains in the Karnataka state election but fell short of a majority, sparking a scramble for power between the party and its arch rival Congress.

The 94-year-old Jethmalani, widely acknowledged as among the most brilliant legal minds in the country and arguably the most senior advocate today, has now approached Chief Justice Dipak Misra seeking permission to appear the legal battle over Karnataka poll drama.

Hence, while indulging in judicial overreach in certain other matters, the apex court has now chosen not to interfere in the politically-surcharged atmosphere of Karnataka where hundreds of crores of rupees and ministerial berths are being bartered.

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