Bengaluru: B.S.Yeddyurappa, the 75-year-old senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, on Thursday was sworn in as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka by Governor Vajubhai Vala.
This is the third time that Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as Karnataka’s chief minister. The first stint of Yeddyurappa barely lasted seven days from 12 November 2007 to 19 November 2007. The second was from 30 May 2009 to 4 August 2011.
Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in ceremony was conducted hours after the Congress sought a midnight hearing from the Supreme Court challenging the governor’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the next government in the state despite not have the required numbers to cross the simple majority. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), had on Tuesday formed a post poll alliance and achieved simple majority in the house.
The BJP has won 104 seats, the Congress 78 and JD(S) 37. One seat each went to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party and an independent candidate.
Meanwhile senior Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, Ashok Ghelot, Ghulab Nabi Azad and Mallikarjuna Kharge, sat inside the Vidhana Soudha premises to protest against the swearing-in.
The BJP has been given 15 days to prove it’s majority on the floor of the house, which has been challenged by both Congress and JD(S).
The Congress and the JD(S) have holed up their legislators in give star hotels and resorts to avoid any attempt by the BJP to poach them ahead of the vote of confidence to cross the halfway mark.livemint