Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited Yeddyurappa to be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka while BJP sources say the ceremony will be commenced at 9.30am. The JDS-Congress petition has sought a stay on the swearing-in.
Outgoing Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and JD(S) President HD Kumaraswamy address the media after a meeting with Governor Rudabhai Vala in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Vala on Wednesday invited Yeddyurappa to be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, as BJP sources said the ceremony will be commenced at 9.30am on Thursday. The JDS-Congress petition has sought a stay on the swearing-in.
Agitated over Governor Vala’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government, the Congress called the move an “encounter of the Constitution”.
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the party has sought an urgent hearing on its petition challenging the governor’s invitation and said, “We have filed a petition before the Supreme Court and have urged the registrar to allow hearing on it tonight itself,” adding that immediate hearing has been sought as the matter is very serious.
Vala has not only invited Yeddyurappa to form the government, but also gave the BJP leader 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the House.
Since swearing in now announced for 9 am on 17/5/18, in a 9 pm invite by governor today to BSY to form Govt, urgency to seek listing in sc tonite is self validating. If sc registry accepts petrs request on basis of petn settled by me and filed tonite, I wl appear and argue tonite
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 16, 2018
Singhvi, who has been assigned the task to lead Congress’ legal challenge against Vala’s decision, met the Supreme Court registrar to take forward the process to hear the “urgent petition”.
The Congress has said that granting 15 days’ time to Yeddyurappa will only promote horse trading, alleging that BJP will resort to poaching of MLAs of Congress and JD(S).
The BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, but is short of a simple majority in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly.
On the other hand, the Congress and JD(S), which have already announced post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats, respectively, and claimed before Vala to have numbers to form government in the state.