Karnataka crisis: Supreme Court refuses to stay Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in

Karnataka crisis: Supreme Court refuses to stay Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in

New Delhi: Upsetting the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine, the Supreme Court has orally refused to stay Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in ceremony, which is scheduled to be held at 9 am on Thursday.

The Congress-JD(S) had filed a petition against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala’s decision to invite Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to take oath.

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announcing that BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Congress party had approached the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing.

A bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice A Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan has heard the case.

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Ex-Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi defended the BJP and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was advocating the union government in the case, report said.

In a major political turn, the Karnataka unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday evening announced that its leader BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath as the chief minister of the south Indian state on Thursday after governor Vajubhai Vala invited the party to form government.

The Governor gave BJP a period of 15 days to prove majority, said reports.

In an argument inside the top court, Singhvi said 15 days time to prove majority is “encouraging constitutional sin of poaching”.

Countering Singhvi, Rohatgi said the court can’t stop a Governor from performing his act.

However, the court did not say anything regarding the time period to prove the majority.

The hearing inside the court is still underway. The final order is yet to be delivered by the apex court.

–India Blooms News Service

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