Following a predawn hearing at the Supreme Court, it refused a stay order on the BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing in as Karnataka Chief Minister. The appeal was made by senior Congress leaders on behalf of the Congress-JD(S) combination in Karnataka. The plea with the apex court sought a stay order on the BJP to form the government in Karnataka.
There were many points that the Supreme court considered while passing the verdict.
Governor Vajubhai Vala gave the chance to the BJP and also said that Yeddyurappa copould swear in as the CM of Karnataka. Cong-JD(S) challenged this order in Supreme court at mid night on Wednesday. The court opened its doors at the “odd hours” for the special hearing of the petition by a bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan.
The bench noted that it is necessary to peruse the letters dated May 15 and May 16 submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor for claiming stake for government formation.
Attorney General KK Venugopal was requested to approach the centre and Yeddyurappa to produce these letters on next hearing on Thursday at 10.30 am.
Supreme Court made it clear that it is granting permission for the swearing in of Yeddyurappa as CM of Karnataka and for the BJP to form the government provisionally, till the ultimate outcome of the case that it was hearing.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi clarified that he was appearing on behalf of three BJP MLAs — Govind M Karjol, CM Udasi and Basavaraj Bommai and the court issued notices to the Karnataka government and Yeddyurappa for the same.
Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa took oath as the new CM of Karnataka and said that he was “100 per cent sure” that he can prove his majority in the state assembly and that he would complete his five year term in Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa also mocked the Congress-JD(S) alliance and called it “unholy” and said that the people of Karnataka voted against the Congress and the JD(S), hence they should not come to power because the people have “rejected them outright”.
Yeddyurapaa said, “I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years.”
Yeddyurappa asked the newly elected MLs of all parties to vote according to their “conscience” of what they thought the people’s verdict of the election has been.
A very confidently Yeddyurappa said, “I have people’s support for me and my party.” But he also knows that to reach the magic number of 112 would be tough for the party.
BJP got 104 seats, 8 less than the required majority in the assembly, and stood out as the single largest party in Karnataka election while the combination of the Congress and the JD(S) is comfortably past the majority.
(Adapted from TheTimesofIndia.com)