Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Yeddyurappa sworn-in as Karnataka CM

Yeddyurappa sworn-in as Karnataka CM

H D Kumaraswamy, who has emerged the dark horse in the three-horse race with just 37 MLAs, was formally elected the leader of the JD (S) legislature party, and claimed attempts were being made by the BJP to "bribe" its way to power through "horsetrading".

The Congress has challenged the governor's decision in the Supreme Court.

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday described the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa as the Karnataka Chief Minister a "victory of every Kannadiga" who voted to "uproot the corrupt and divisive politics" of the Congress.

Speaking to reporters, Siddaramaiah termed as "unprecedented" Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to grant 15 days time to Yeddyurappa for proving majority in the assembly.

He was elected for the eighth time from the Shikaripura assembly segment in Shivamogga district of the Malnad region on May 12 when polling was held in 222 constituencies across the state and results were declared on Tuesday.

The coming together of Congress and JD (S) in Karnataka has indications of a possible coming together of Opposition parties to counter the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

While senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Congress-JD (S) combine, persisted with his arguments that the swearing-in ceremony should be stayed or deferred, the bench said, "we are not staying the oath taking ceremony". The governor's calling the BJP front-runner to form the government would, this news-anchor declaimed, lead to horse-trading.

The BJP is eight seats short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority, while the Congress and JD-S together have 116 seats.

Once again, Supreme Court defers Joseph's reiteration decision
An apex court official said that no decision has been taken as to when the recommendation will be sent to the Centre. Chelameshwar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph met for over two hours on Wednesday evening.

JDS Leader Kumaraswamy addresses the media.

In fact, they believe that the governor will have no other option.

"Our MLAs were offered Rs 100 crore by the BJP to break away".

A strong showing by Modi's BJP in Karnataka has given him momentum for a re-election bid in next year's national polls and opened a path for more reforms, analysts say. HD Kumaraswamy, making a determined bid for the chief minister's post, also alleged that JD (S) legislators were offered Rs 100 crore each by the BJP. It, however, did not dismiss the Congress-JD (S) petition, saying it would take up the matter later.

Although BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the fiercely fought assembly election by winning 104 seats, but it needs 8 more MLAs to prove his majority.

Describing the Raj Bhavan as "the centre of conspiracies by the BJP", CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy today expressed doubts as to whether the JD (S) would be allowed to form the government with the Congress's support in Karnataka.

As projections after voting showed a hung Assembly, Mayawati asked her close aide and party Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Siddharth, who is also Karnataka BSP in charge, to meet Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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