In a low-key swearing ceremony, BJP legislator BS Yeddyurappa took oath to become the Chief Minister of Karnataka today morning – after the state’s Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP to form government despite BJP with 105, lacking six seats to attain clear majority and Congress-JDS alliance with 117, having six seats more than majority benchmark of 111.
It won’t be completely justified to call the Karnataka Assembly Elections to be the most dramatic elections in recent time. From a hung government to continued suspense about who won the election beyond result day to an instant coalition between Congress-JDS, it has been one hell of a ruckus. Adding more to the twists and turns, the party at Congree-JDS offices short-lived when Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP’s Yeddyurappa to become the Chief Minister of Karnataka, despite Congress-JDS alliance having a clear majority. Hence, using Article 365, Governor Vala “generously” gave Mr. Yeddyuruppa 15 days to prove his majority and swear in as the head of the state.
Taking legal actions, the coalition partners decided to handle it legally and took it to the Supreme Court and plead to stop the swearing in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa as the CM. In fact, in the rarest of rare events, the Supreme Court made an overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular at 2:11 AM. However, the Surpeme Court refused to stay or postpone the swearing-in of BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Also, apex court will hold the next hearing over the case will be held on May 18, Friday morning at 10:30 AM.
Today morning, at 9 AM, BJP legislator and party’s state leader B S Yeddyurappa was today sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the second time. Wearing a green shawl draped on his shoulders to symbolise a nod to farmer activism in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa took the oath of office “in the name of God and farmer” at Raj Bhavan. While BJP’s central leaders were not present in the low-key swearing in ceremony, the 75-year-old Lingayat strongman took the oath in presence of Governor Vajubhai Vala amid legal tantrums in court.