Senior Congress leaders and party workers have staged a protest near the Vidhan Soudha after Bhartiya Janta Party's BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. As per latest reports, two buses reached the Eagleton resort to bring both Congress and JD(S) MLAs to join the protest at Vidhan Soudha.
Both the parties are protesting by wearing black bands around their arm. Reports suggest that JD(S) party President H D Deve Gowda has also reached the location and is set to join in the protest.
Departing CM Siddaramaiah, along with prominent party workers like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Mallikarjuna Kharge are protesting against the Governor's decision to allow the BJP to stake claim in forming the government.
The BJP has 104 seats in the assembly, nine less than the required figure, whereas the alliance of Congress and JD(S) have 116. BJP, being the single largest party, has been given the chance to form the government.
Siddiramaiah termed the Governors' order as "unprecedented" and challenged Yeddyurappa to bring out the list of MLA's who support the BJP.
The drama post election has been ongoing ever since the results came out. On Wednesday, all the Congress-JD(S) MLA's were made to board a bus and were taken to a resort, much similar to the incident which took place during Gujarat elections last year.
The Supreme Court also got dragged into the matter, and had an emergency hearing late last night which concluded earlier this morning. Congress, represented by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, argued that the BJP did not have numbers to form the government, and the swearing-in ceremony should be postponed.
Attorney General KK Venugopal represented the central government in this case. He, along with Mukul Rohatgi argued that the orders of the Governor cannot be restrained.
In the end, the Supreme Court adjourned that it cannot set aside the decision of the Governor, and asked for the swearing-in to go as per the Governor's orders. Though, it also asked the A-G to furnish the letters which BJP gave to the Governor on May 15 and 16.