Leader of PM Modi’s party takes oath as chief of southern Indian state

Leader of PM Modi’s party takes oath as chief of southern Indian state

Leader of PM Modi’s party takes oath as chief of southern Indian state

Written by Staff Writer

17 May, 2018 | 7:12 pm

REUTERS – The leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, B.S. Yeddyurappa took oaths as the Chief Minister of Karnataka today after a rollercoaster day and a night-long court-room battle.

The swearing-in ceremony was carried out amid tight security at Raj Bhavan, the residence of the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala who administered the ceremony. A host of federal ministers including Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present at the ceremony.

A cloud of uncertainty and chaos prevailed over the state after the BJP emerged as the single largest party in state elections in Karnataka, winning 104 seats in the 225-member assembly but falling short of an outright majority.

The main opposition Congress party forged a post-poll alliance with a regional party and told the state governor it had a combined tally of at least 117 seats and should be allowed to form the government in the state.

Yesterday, the governor sided with the BJP however, asking it to form a government and prove its majority within 15 days in the assembly. This decision forced the opposition to approach the Supreme Court to put a stay on the decision. However, the apex court, in a rare midnight hearing, refused to put a stay on the swearing-in ceremony but didn’t dismiss the petition either.

Karnataka, with a population of 66 million, is home to the technology hub of Bengaluru. It is the first major state electing an assembly this year and will be followed by three more.


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