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Yeddy sworn in as CM amid high drama

http://elmechstructuralengineering.com/ BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was on Thursday sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court.

get link The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters. Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in.

follow url In a rare post-midnight courtroom battle, the Congress-JD(S) combine made a desperate legal push to stall the government formation.

Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly. The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112. Polling was held in 222 of the state’s 224 seats.

Election to the Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, while polling was deferred to May 28 for R R Nagar seat due to alleged electoral malpractices.

Earlier, the Congress launched a fusillade against Vala at a press conference, with Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala dubbing him a “stooge” of the BJP and accusing him of encountering the Constitution at the behest of Prime Minister Modi and the BJP chief.

The Karnataka Governor is acting as a stooge of the BJP. He has shamed the office of the governor by inviting the BJP to form government and allow its leader B S Yeddyurappa to take oath as chief minister, he told reporters.

BJP, however, asserted that it would prove its majority in the assembly and dubbed the Congress-JDS post-election alliance “unholy and unacceptable.”

BJP national general secretary Rao said the understanding between the Congress and JD(S) was only “to keep the BJP off.”

Kumaraswamy slammed Vala’s invite to Yeddyurappa and accused the Modi government of misusing Constitutional institutions. “We will not let it go easily…”, a furious Kumaraswamy told reporters here shortly after the governor wrote to Yeddyurappa asking him to take oath.

Kumaraswamy said the governor should have given three or four days time for Yeddyurappa to prove his majority.

“He (Yeddyurappa) has no majority,” he said. Toiling hard to control the levers of power in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy, the leader of the newly formed JD(S)-Congress alliance, had earlier met Vala and staked claim to form the government.

With 104 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, the BJP is the single largest party, while the JD(S)-Congress coalition, formed after the election results were declared, has 116 legislators. It has also claimed support of an independent MLA.

With there being precedents of both governors inviting either the leader of the single largest party or that of a post-poll coalition to form the government, Vala, a former RSS-BJP veteran from Gujarat, opted for the former.

(PTI)

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