New Delhi, May 18: Political drama in Karnataka is soaring high after Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited Bharatiya Janata Party, the single-largest party, to form a government in the state. BS Yeddyurappa, who took oath as Karnataka Chief Minister on Thursday, is expected to present letters of support to the Supreme Court on Friday. Dated May 15 and 16, Yeddyurappa had written two letters to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday and Wednesday to stake his claim for government formation. In the letters, the BJP leader is said to have claimed a majority support in the letters. The Apex court will resume hearing on Karnataka political row at 10.30 AM today.Also Read - Bihar, Jharkhand, UP Poorest States In India: NITI Aayog's Poverty Index

On the other hand, Opposition parties in four states – Goa, Bihar, Meghalaya and Manipur have sought time from the respective Governors to stake claim to form the government on the ground they emerged as the single-largest parties when the assembly polls were held in these states, last year. Also Read - Major Setback to Congress in Meghalaya: Former CM Mukul Sangma, 11 Other MLAs Join TMC

“If in Karnataka the single largest party got a chance to form government, then the governments in Goa, Bihar, Manipur and Meghalaya should resign and make way for the single largest party,” said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala in Delhi. Also Read - Goa Sunburn Festival Not to be Held This Year: CM Pramod Sawant

Last year in Goa Assembly Elections, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats while the BJP got 14 seats and formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each. Three Independents also went with the BJP. Meanwhile, in Meghalaya assembly polls Congress was the largest party with 21 seats, followed by National People’s Party (NPP) with 19 seats.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav also decided to meet the Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form the government in the state. “Party has decided that we’ll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt,” Tejaswi Yadav told the reporters.

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    The Supreme Court will hear on Saturday morning an application by the Congress and the JD-S challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to appoint KG Bopaiah, a relatively junior MLA, as the pro-tem Speaker.

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    Karnataka Political Row Live News Updates: Congress-JDS writ petition challenging the appointment of MLA KG Bopaiah as pro-tem Speaker has been filed in Supreme Court. The petition claims that the appointment of pro-tem speaker was completely unconstitutional: Devdutt Kamat, a lawyer for the Congress

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    Karnataka Political Row Live News Updates: The Congress’ lawyer reaches Supreme Court and submits the petition in Supreme Court against pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah.

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    Karnataka Political Row Live News Updates: Of course they are with us. If the MLAs from Congress and JD(S) don’t support us, how can we prove majority? We will win the floor test 101 per cent: BS Yeddyurappa

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    Karnataka Political Row Live News Updates: “What the BJP has done is against the rule book. Ideally the senior most leader is supposed to hold that position,” says Abhishek Manu Singhvi of Congress on BJP MLA KG Bopaiah being appointed as pro-tem speaker.

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    Karnataka Political Row Live News Updates: “Pro Tem Speaker is the seniormost MLA, which in this case was RV Deshpande. He has been ignored,” says Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi.