Congress, JD(S) protest in front of Gandhiji Statue in Bengaluru


The BJP's chief ministerial candidate, B.S. Yeddyurappa, was sworn in Thursday by the Governor Vajubhai Vala at a televised ceremony in Bangalore, the state capital and India's technology hub.

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that a floor test be held in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 pm on Saturday to ascertain whether newly appointed BJP chief minister BS Yeddyurappa enjoys majority in the state. If Governor Vajubhi Vala has allowed Yedurappa 15 days to prove his majority, he has clearly abused the governor's office. BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa took oath as chief minister in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made huge gains in the Karnataka state election but fell short of a majority, sparking a scramble for power between the party and its arch rival Congress.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Lawyer for Congress-JD (S), informs Supreme Court that Congress-JD (S) alliance is ready for floor test tomorrow.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said the Supreme Court order on floor test in Karnataka was a vindication of the party's stand that the governor acted "unconstitutionally". Only then will a floor test be conducted.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has eked out a narrow, uncertain victory following a bitterly-fought state election in the south Indian state of Karnataka, with its minority government sworn in Thursday.

The allegation that the entire episode was "pre-planned" stuck to the BJP since Yeddyurappa had been proclaiming for the past few days that he would take oath on May 17 since it was his lucky day.

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On the very same day, the JD (S) and Congress met the governor and staked their claim to form a coalition government and submitted the names of 118 candidates from both the parties as well as two Independent candidates.

Dated May 15 and 16, Yeddyurappa had written two letters to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday and Wednesday to stake his claim for government formation. The notice will be issued to all MLAs of the Karnataka State assembly to attend this meeting. Any party or grouping needs 112 members to claim majority as per the present strength of the House.

After a almost three-and-a-half-hour hearing beginning 2:11 AM, a three-judge apex court bench made it clear that the provisional swearing-in and the government formation would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.

The election to one seat was countermanded after the death of a candidate. The Congress later said it would support a JD-S led government.

He added, "I welcome the judgement of the Supreme Court".

The court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court.