Its state leader, BS Yeddyurappa, was sworn in on Thursday and now has 15 days to prove he can command a majority. "The Congress-JD (S) alliance will come to power in Karnataka soon", Chennithala said.
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday said they will protect all the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) MLAs to prevent any poaching ahead of the trust vote in the assembly.
Yeddyurappa was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala, who controversially invited him to form the government on Wednesday despite the BJP falling short of majority.
He said the BJP has 104 legislators and the governor invited Yeddyurappa to form the government in an "unconstitutional manner".
At a gathering in Raipur, the Congress President said: "The BJP is creating an atmosphere of fear".
Senior Congress leaders were wary of Rahul's mood following the Karnataka development.
B S Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka CM on Thursday
Bearing in mind these two scenarios, the JD (S) President and CM hopeful HD Kumaraswamy has sought Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao's assistance in keeping the elected members safe, sources say.
In the end, the court decided not to defer the swearing-in, but made it conditional on the A-G producing the letters Yeddyurappa wrote to the governor and pending the decision of the court in this petition. Congress MLAs, who were lodged at Eagleton Resort under the watch of resourceful party MLA and minister in the Siddaramaiah government DK Shivakumar, were brought to the venue for some time before being herded back.
With Singhvi arguing that the Constitution gives immunity to the governor only for discharge of duties, the bench asked whether he wanted the court to scrutinise discretion of the governor when it does not have the letter of support given by the BJP.
The Congress party has been flailing in local election ever since Modi's rise to power and it has now been reduced to governing only one key state, Punjab, out of India's 29 states.
Whereas, the Congress-JD (S) alliance has a majority with 116 MLAs.
In such a situation, the majority will automatically be proved in the Assembly and Yeddyurappa would have to resign from his post as Chief Minister.