Rahul Gandhi has issued a statement that completely distorts the Supreme Court's order on Friday morning for a floor test to be held in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 pm on Saturday.
Taking to Twitter, the Congress party president has highlighted a point about which the apex court has not yet had nothing conclusive to say, which is the Governor's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form a government in Karnataka.
Rahul Gandhi wrote, "Today’s Supreme Court order, vindicates our stand that Governor Vala acted unconstitutionally" -- something he may want to check up with the Congress' representation in the Supreme Court Abhishek Manu Singhvi who confirmed after the hearing that the three-judge-bench would continue hearing on the matter of the Governor in ten weeks and described the floor-test order as "interim".
In fact, during the course of the hearing, the bench had given the Congress the option of continuing the hearing over the Governor's invitation to Yeddyurappa, or to explore a floor test being ordered on Saturday, a full two weeks ahead of the original time that had been afforded by the Governor to Yeddyurappa and the BJP. The Congress opted to pursue the floor-test option, something which the government's representation tried to argue against but wasn't successful in doing so. While a number of things have been said about the Governor, by both the Congress as well as senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani who spoke in court as an individual, the Judges haven't said anything that describes the Governor's acts as unconstitutional.
Rahul Gandhi also wrote, "The BJP’s bluff that it will form the Govt., even without the numbers, has been called out by the court." Again, to phrase it in this manner based on the hearing would be one-eyed in the extreme.
He followed that up by predicting an allegation: "Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate."
Here's the Congress president's tweet:
Just a day earlier, Rahul Gandhi had courted controversy after comparing India's judiciary to Pakistan's. His party has also been putting its full might into impeaching the Chief Justice of India.