Flight Plan Flops, Congress-JDS Lawmakers Leave Karnataka In Bus

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Bengaluru: Its attempts to fly its lawmakers out of Karnataka grounded, Congress and Janata Dal Secular (JDS) legislators are taking an overnight bus trip from Bengaluru to Telangana capital Hyderabad, some 580 km away.

“We need to take some precautions to prevent horse-trading,” HD Kumaraswamy, the JDS leader, who joined hands with rival Congress to become Karnataka chief minister, said. Last evening, the 100-odd lawmakers had been taken to two hotels to prevent the BJP from luring them as soon as it became clear that Governor Vajubhai Vala was going to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form government. The Congress-JDS combine responded by taking the battle to the Supreme Court that held a rare overnight hearing and will take up the case again on Friday.

BS Yeddyurappa took oath at a low-key function at the Governor’s House in Bengaluru. His cabinet will be named only after he proves his strength in a floor test at the assembly. “I seek support of all 224 legislators. I am sure they will vote according to their conscience. I am sure of winning vote of confidence,” he later said.

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In the evening, Mr Yeddyurappa said, “We have been given 15 days to prove majority. We must not wait for 15 days. We must prove majority before that”. The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, and is 7 seats short of majority in the 224-member assembly. The Congress-JD(S) alliance has 117 lawmakers.

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