BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time.
Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the state legislative assembly. The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112. The Congress-JD(S) combine enjoys the support of 117 MLAs.
The veteran politician took the oath of office “in the name of God and farmer” while sporting a green shawl draped on his shoulders, a nod to farmer activism in Karnataka.
The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan, hours after a pre-dawn legal showdown between the BJP and Congress-JD(S) combine at the Supreme Court.
It should be noted that Congress joined hands with JD (S) in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the BJP from coming to power in the southern state. As the governor had invited BJP to form the government, Congress had filed a writ petition at the apex court demanding a stay on the governor’s invitation to the BJP to form the government.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Congress-JD (S) combine, said that the swearing-in ceremony should be stayed or deferred, but the bench stated: “We are not staying the oath taking ceremony”.
The apex court, however, made it clear that the swearing-in and the government formation in the state would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.