Karnataka Poll: Yeddyurappa Sworn in as Chief Minister Earlier, a late night appeal for a stay was turned down by the Supreme Court


BS YEDDYURAPPA was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka after a late night appeal for a stay by the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance was turned down by the Supreme Court.

In rapid overnight developments, the Congress-JD(S) alliance filed a petition late Wednesday night in the top court for an urgent hearing after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest party in the assembly, to form the government.

The governor’s invite was sent late in the evening on Wednesday and the time of the oath ceremony set for 9 am on Thursday. The governor also gave Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority in the house.

The Congress-JD(S) alliance argued that between them they had the numbers to form the government so the governor should have invited them first. Also, they argued that 15 days was too long a gap to prove majority as this would encourage “poaching or horse trading” of its lawmakers.

The Supreme Court accepted the petition and a special bench began hearing the case at 2 am and concluded early this morning.

In its order, the three-judge bench declined to stay the oath ceremony and asked for the letters given by Yeddyurappa to the governor in support of his claim and set the next date of hearing on Friday.

“This Court is not passing any order staying the oath-taking ceremony of respondent No.3. In case, he is given oath in the meantime, that shall be subject to further orders of this Court and final outcome of the writ petition,” the order said.

#Karnataka: AS IT HAPPENS

BS Yeddyurappa sworn in as the CM

The Supreme Court order

Abhishek Singhvi on the court hearing

Congress-JD(S) lawmakers protest

P Chidambaram on poaching of lawmakers




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