B S Yeddyurappa's battle continues as Congress dares Narendra Modi, Amit shah to prove majority

Updated: May 18, 2018, 08:20 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

The Congress has dared Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to prove the party's majority in the Karnataka assembly

Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at the oath ceremony in Bengaluru, on Thursday. Pic/PTI
Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at the oath ceremony in Bengaluru, on Thursday. Pic/PTI

Amid high political drama, the Supreme Court early on Thursday didn't stop B S Yeddyurappa from taking oath as Karnataka's new chief minister but the legal battle for the BJP leader and his party is far from over.

After a rare midnight hearing that ran for hours, the court refused to stay the oath taking ceremony as was sought in a joint petition by the Congress and the JD(S). "In case he is given oath in the meantime, that shall be subject to further orders of this court and final outcome of the writ petition (by the Congress and JD-S)," said the three-judge bench, recording the proceedings of the night in the packed Room No. 6. Presiding the proceedings were Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan.

Yeddyruppa took oath as planned but on Friday at 10.30 am. When the apex court hears the matter again, he will have to produce the two letters dated May 15 and 16 he has written to Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake his claim for government formation. The BJP leader is said to have claimed a majority support in the letters. But the question is how?

The Congress and JD(S) had challenged Karnataka Governor Vala's invitation to Yeddyurappa to form the government despite the BJP falling short of legislative numbers to claim majority in the 222-member Assembly.

The BJP won 104, the Congress 78 and the JD(S) 37. The Congress and JD(S) didn't have a pre-poll alliance but cobbled together a grouping after the results threw a hung Assembly.

Yeddy to waive off crop loans
Within hours of taking oath, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said he would soon waive off crop loans of farmers across the state. "I had promised the farmers that I would waive off crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh soon after I become the CM. We will announce the waiver within two days," Yeddyurappa told the media.

'I'll be in power for next five years'
Hours after taking oath on Thursday, Yeddyurappa said he was confident of winning the majority and being in power for five years. "I am thankful to the people of the state, especially farmers and the poor, who have supported me. People are with me and the BJP and I am confident that I will win the majority and be in power for the next five years," he said.

Cong-JD(S) files fresh plea in Supreme Court
The Congress-JD(S) alliance moved a fresh plea in Supreme Court on Thursday challenging Governor Vajubhai R Vala's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to the state assembly. The top court is scheduled to hear their plea on Friday in this regard.

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