Bengaluru: B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday, a day after the Governor Valubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government in the state. B S Yeddyurappa, who was elected the party’s legislative leader earlier that day, took oath at 9 am this morning. The party, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly, secured 104 seats in the 224-member House, just short of a majority. It has to prove its strength on the floor of the House within 15 days.
The Congress, which won 78 seats in the elections, has allied with the JD(S), which has 37 seats, in a bid to keep the BJP out of power. The alliance, which has 115 MLAs in its kitty, had met the Governor on Thursday to stake claim to form the government. Following the Governor’s move, the alliance petitioned the Supreme Court late Wednesday night. The top court, however, refused to stay BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa swearing-in but made it clear that the government formation would depend on the final verdict in the case.
BJP is acting against Constitution: Siddaramaiah
There’s no end to the drama, Congress leaders and MLAs have gathered outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru to protest the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa. Those seen present include G N Azad, Ashok Gehlot and former CM Siddaramaiah. Some reports indicate that JD(S) leaders will also join the protest. As previously reported, Yeddyurappa is likely to arrive at the Karnataka Assembly shortly.
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who has largely been silent since the elections were declared on Tuesday, says Congress will tell the people how BJP is acting against the Constitution. Siddaramaiah, who resigned on Tuesday, says, “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.