BJP CM candidate Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka chief minister

BJP CM candidate Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka chief minister

While Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for the petitioners, the government's top law officer attorney general K.K. Venugopal defended governor Vala. A petition is filed by the Congress and JD (S) leaders against the Karnataka Governor's decision late on Wednesday (May 16) and sought the hearing late in the night.

The next hearing will take place on Friday at 10:30 am. At 2.15 AM, Supreme Court bench comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, have commenced hearing on the matter.

Speaking about Anand Singh, the Congress MLA-elect from Vijayanagara, who had jumped ship from the BJP to Congress in January 2018 and has gone "missing", Kumaraswamy told media persons, "Early morning I have got information about Anand Singh".

Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Congress leaders and MLAs have staged a dharna (sit-in protest) outside the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha) and protested against BSY taking the oath of office today without proving majority in the house. It remains to be seen whether Jethmalani, who had announced his retirement from the legal profession previous year, would be permitted to appear before the bench of Justices Sikri, Bobde and Bhushan on Friday (May 18) when it resumes hearing the petition filed by the Congress challenging Governor Vala's decision. He reminded that then SC had upheld government formation by BJP and asked to form the same norm now.

"As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case", NDTV quoted the bench as saying.

This will be the third time when Yeddyurappa will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

The eminent lawyer has sought the Chief Justice's permission to allow him to intervene in his "personal capacity" to challenge the Governor's decision of inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government. During the previous elections in 2013, when the state voted for the Congress, the BJP came to power at the Centre a year later. He has sworn-in as the new CM as the successor to the Congress CM Siddaramaiah.

At the moment, all eyes are on what will be the Supreme Court's verdict after perusal of the letters of MLAs of both teams - BJP and JD (S)-Congress.

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