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Karnataka: BJP's BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as the new CM; Rahul Gandhi slams BJP for
Posted on: 17-05-2018 , 12:12:PM | DY365 Bureau

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May 17, 2018: Amid the hue and cry in Karnataka post-election, BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as the new Chief Minister of the state on Thursday following Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invite to him to form the new government. 


It may be stated that the oath taking ceremony took place hours after the Supreme Court turned down the request by the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) to stop the ceremony. 
Karnataka has voted in a hung assembly, which means no party has got a majority. The BJP is the largest party with 104 seats in the 224-member assembly, eight short of the 112 seats it needed for a majority, as voting was held only in 222 seats. The Congress has won 78 seats and the Janata Dal (Secular) 37, together well over 112 and have also staked claim to form the government in Karnataka, arguing that they have the numbers and the BJP does not.
However on Wednesday night, the Governor invited Yeddyurappa to form the government, accepting his claim as the leader of the single largest party, and gave him 15 days to prove on the floor of the assembly that he has a majority.
The Congress and JD(S) moved the Supreme Court late on Wednesday night itself. The court began hearing their petition a little after 2 am and ended over three hours later around 5.30 am. The three-judge bench said it would not stop the ceremony, but said government formation in the state will be subject to the final outcome of the case. The court has said it will hear their petition on Friday. 

As per reports, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took to his Twitter handle to express his anger over the Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invite to BS Yeddyurappa to form the new government in Karnataka. Calling it BJP’s “irrational insistence”, Congress chief slammed BJP for mocking our Constitution. He also asserted that while the BJP is celebrating its so-called victory, the country will mourn the defeat of democracy.


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