Today, B S Yeddyurappa sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP to form government in the state yesterday. Yesterday BJP elected BSY as the legislative leader.
With the Karnataka Assembly election 2018, BJP emerged as the largest party in the assembly with win over 104 seats. It has to prove its strength on the floor of the House within 15 days.
The Congress has won 78 seats and has allied with JD(S) to form a government in the state. The Congress and JD(S) in alliance has 115 MLAs and they had met the governor to claim to form the government.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited BJP to claim the government so the alliance petitioned the Supreme court. However, the apex court refused to stay BSY’s swearing in ceremony.
In an rare post-midnight hearing, the Supreme Court said, “As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case,”
The Supreme Court will resume hearing the case Friday morning at 10.30 a.m. and has ordered the BJP to produce the letters submitted by BS Yeddyurappa to the governor by then.
Aged 75, Yeddyurappa is a veteran politician. He was Karnataka’s first BJP CM in 2007 when BJP in alliance with JD(S) formed the government.
Congress leaders and MLAs have gathered outside Karnataka assembly in Bengaluru to protest the ceremony.
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah said, “The matter is pending before the court. We will go to the people and we will tell them how BJP is going against the Constitution,” he is quoted as saying by ANI.
The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 224-seat assembly and is seven short of majority.
This is the third time Yeddyurappa sworn in as chief minister of Karnataka.
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