Fearing another Goa, Congress drafted SC plea for largest party to be invited first

NEW DELHI: Behind the post-midnight drama in the Supreme Court on Thursday lies the story of Congress’s determination to form the government in Karnataka and its legal team’s readiness to tweak and recast its plea thrice over, in sync with the rapidly evolving political scenario, before finally challenging the governor’s decision to invite B S Yeddyurappa to form the government.
Before the election results were even declared, a tentative draft petition had been prepared on the basis of Congress’s hunch that it would emerge as the single largest party and could face a situation akin to Goa, where BJP had quickly outsmarted Congress, the single-largest party, to cobble a post-poll coalition and steal a march to form the government. Wiser from that experience, Congress’s legal team led by Abhishek Manu Singhvi had almost finalised a petition to be filed in the apex court seeking a direction to the governor to invite the single-largest party to form the government.

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