BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka today, as the Supreme Court refused to stop the ceremony, after hearing the petition by Congress and Janta Dal Secular at an overnight hearing. The BJP party, however, has been given 15 day’s to create a majority by the Governor. Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, heard the petition, and were of the opinion that they won’t stop the swearing-in ceremony, but are going to make it “subject to the outcome of the case”. Congress party held a protest under Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, in Vidhan Soudha, with GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah.
Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, tweeted this morning, that “The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.”
The Congress party and Janta Dal Secular formed an alliance, to make up a majority with 116 members in the new assembly. They submitted the letter, signed by the 116 members to the governor. The BJP’s, Mr Venugopal and Mukul Rohatgi has asked the court that it dismiss the petition from the parties, since it can’t overrule the decision that has been taken by the governor. The supreme court is going to continue the hearing in the case on Friday and has also demanded the letters that were filed by BS Yeddyurappa.