BS Yeddyurappa letters to Vajubhai Vala face SC scrutiny on Friday

BS Yeddyurappa letters to Vajubhai Vala face SC scrutiny on Friday

BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was today sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court.

The BJP may have wrestled its way to establish its government in Karnataka under the chief ministership of BS Yeddyurappa, but the CM's worries are far from over. If Governor Vajubhi Vala has allowed Yedurappa 15 days to prove his majority, he has clearly abused the governor's office.

Within hours of taking oath, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said he would soon waive off crop loans of farmers across the state.

The Congress-JD alliance has moved court against two of Governor Vajubhai Vala's decisions
The Congress-JD alliance has moved court against two of governor Vajubhai Vala's decisions

The BJP emerged as the single largest party in state elections in Karnataka, winning 104 seats in the 225-member assembly but falling short of an outright majority.

Lawyers for Congress, which saw its number of seats cut from 122 to 78, had told the judge bench that the party had a ready majority with the smaller Janata Dal (Secular) party which has 37 seats.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the biggest victor in the Karnataka state election but has fallen short of a majority, sparking a scramble for power between the party and its arch rival Congress. Congress MLAs are also seeking to meet the respective governors and stake their claim to form government in states where they are the single largest party. The court said: "This means it is (an) open invitation to horse-trading", so that in effect the governor is permitting buying of MLAs by the BJP to prove their majority on the floor of the house.

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The Congress chief added if the BJP wanted to talk about corruption, it should discuss the Rafale jet deal, BJP chief Amit Shah's son and (Union minister) Piyush Goyal's company. The Apex court will resume hearing on Karnataka political row at 10.30 AM today.

The apex court also directed the Karnataka government and the Governor not to nominate any MLA from the Anglo-Indian community to participate in the floor test tomorrow. With the majority mark at 112, the BJP either needs support from eight legislators to increase its numbers or bring the effective strength of the assembly down with some legislators quitting.

Karnataka Assembly Elections Results were declared on May 15, but the drama and suspense is still not settling up.

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Chaudhary was one of the senior advocates, appearing along with senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, for the Congress-JD (S) combine.

Congress Party has made a decision to observe a "Save Democracy Day" in protest against the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's "collusion with the BJP", by inviting BS Yeddyurappa to take the oath of office despite falling short of the required mandate. The Supreme Court, which was closed, was opened past midnight and the hearing was held in court hall number 6 from 2 am to 5.30 am on Thursday.

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