India's Hindu nationalists defeat Congress in state election

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Security outside the Eagleston resort, where Congress MLAs are holed up, has been removed hours after BS Yeddyurappa took oath as chief minister of Karnataka on Thursday.

The BJP won 104 of 224 seats in southern Karnataka state, the most of any party but eight short of governing outright.

"The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a government in Karnataka, even though it clearly does not have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution", Gandhi said on Twitter.

Singhvi argued that the Governor must have invited the post-poll coalition to form government as no single party had secured a majority. We will have to wait and see who among the members will be chosen into the Ministers' cabinet.

It has been revealed that this application will be heard along with the main petition challenging the Governor's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government.

"Nothing is finalized yet, but all (Congress legislators) are at Eagleton now", Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress working president said on Thursday. "He has not proved majority in the house yet?" he asked.

Anand Singh was originally with the BJP before he switched side to join the Congress.

Shah countered Gandhi's allegations by tweeting: "The "Murder of Democracy" happens the minute a desperate Congress made an "opportunist" offer to the Janata Dal (Secular), not for Karnataka's welfare but for their petty political gains".

The JD (S)-Congress combine has 115 MLAs, besides the support of one of JD (S)' pre-poll ally the BSP. "The governor's action is undemocratic and unconstitutional.he is indirectly encouraging horse-trading", Yeddyurappa's predecessor Siddramaiah said.

Interestingly in the high-stakes political drama that is now taking place in the state, Anand Singh did not show up to the legislative party meeting held in Bengaluru, triggering speculations that he may rejoin the BJP, reports the Indian Express.

Former minister Gaikhangam said, "BJP forming government in Karnataka is nothing but double standard".

The court, however, sought the communications which Yeddyurappa had written to Karnataka Governor informing him his election as BJP legislature party.

Congress sources say that the party is looking at shifting their MLAs to Kerala, however, a decision is yet to be taken.

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