Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hindu Mahasabha Files Plea in SC Challenging Kumaraswamy's Appointment as Karnataka CM

Hindu Mahasabha Files Plea in SC Challenging Kumaraswamy's Appointment as Karnataka CM

Senior Congress leaders said the outline of government was discussed during Kumaraswamy's meeting with Rahul Gandhi. "I will be attending his swearing-in ceremony".

Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan will also register his presence.

Saying that the unity and solidarity shown by Congress MLAs in Karnataka has boosted the morale of Congress MLAs in the State, Gaikhangam remarked that the victory of Congress-JD (S) alliance in Karnataka was a victory for all law abiding citizens of the country.

The sources said during the meeting Kumaraswamy promised to provide good governance in Karnataka and said he would seeking Rahul's advice on all important issues.

There is no Congress MLA in the State who would run away from the party but there are MLAs who will come back to the party's fold, claimed the ex-Chief Minister. "He seeks long-term relationship with Congress", he added, hinting towards a long-term partnership with JD (S). Congress was reduced from 122 to 78 seats, most of their ministers lost their seats, even Siddaramaiah lost from one constituency and won by a narrow margin in the other. We must work together.

However, senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said the Congress-JD (S) combine would most likely sweep Old Mysore, including all urban seats as BJP would be a distant second against their combined strength in the region. I want to make it clear in Manipur we went first to stake claim to form government. "Local leaders and he'll sit together tomorrow to finalise things", Kumaraswamy told reporters after the meeting. Kumaraswamy is expected to take the floor test within 24 hours after being sworn-in.

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Both Congress and JD-S MLAs will remain confined to their hotels till the floor test, according to reports from Bengaluru.

Sharma asserted that the mandate was against the BJP and for the Congress-JD (S) combine.

Meanwhile, at an event in Bengaluru, Parameshwara said hard times were ahead, but there was a need to stop the BJP from coming to power in the southern state.

About charges of horse-trading leveled at the BJP by the Congress and JD (S), Shah said: "Humpe horse-trading ka aarop lagaya hai, lekin Congress ne poora ka poora astabal bech khaya hai (Congress has accused us of horse-trading, but they are the ones who have sold out the entire stable)".

In Karnataka, BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka polls winning 104 seats, short of simple majority. A decision on the Speaker will also be taken Tuesday. "We are visualising the challenges ahead, but we need to bear all the hardship to build a strong party", the KPCC chief said.

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