The Congress tonight moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state and sought an immediate hearing.
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the party has sought a hearing on its petition challenging the Governor's decision tonight itself. “We have filed a petition before the Supreme Court and have urged the registrar to allow hearing on it tonight itself,” Singhvi told PTI, adding that an immediate hearing has been sought.
In the evening, Governor Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath as chief minister tomorrow. He also asked Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office.
Singhvi, who has been assigned the task to lead Congress’ challenge against Vala's decision, met the Supreme Court registrar to take forward the process to hear the “urgent petition”.
Sources said the petition is being assigned to a judge for its early hearing. The urgent hearing has been sought tonight as Yeddyurappa's swearing in was taking place as early as 9 am tomorrow, they added.
The Congress has termed the move to form a BJP government in Karnataka as “illegal and against the law and Constitution”.
“Calling an immoral and illegal government to be sworn in as an illegitimate child cannot sustain the scrutiny of Constitution or the test of law,” Congress Communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.