Yeddyurappa becomes 24th Karnataka Chief Minister

BJP veteran B S Yeddyurappa today took over as the 24th Chief Minister of Karnataka amidst legal battle challenging the validity of Governor Vajubhai Vala calling him to form the government despite the party was shortof the requisite numbers and the Congress-JD(S) combine claiming that they had the majority and should have been called first.

It is the case of the war won but the battle continuing for the 75 year old. Mr Yeddyuirappa who was administered the oath of Office and Secrecy by the Governor at a hurriedly called swearing in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan

After a night long legal battle in the Supreme Court where the Congress had challenged the Governor’s invitation to the BJP and sought a stay, the Apex court early this morning refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony but the three member bench, comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said swearing-in and government formation will be subject to outcome of petition before it. The apex court said, it will also hear other respondents like BJP. The court also issued notice to respondents including BJP and asked them to file their replies. The Supreme court also directed Mr Yeddyurappa to produce the documents he had provided to the Governor while staking claim to form the government and postponed the hearing to 1030 hrs on Friday morning

After stepping into the Vidhana Soudha for the third time as Chief Minister, Mr Yeddyurappa expressed confidence that he would win the vote of confidence much ahead of the 15 day deadline set by the Governor. He wanted the 222 member to vote as per their conscience. He also said that he would take a decision in a couple of days on waiver of loans to farmers and weavers as promised in the party manifesto.

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