BJP’s Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM after SC nod
Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka’s chief minister on May 17 after the Supreme Court paved the way for his swearing-in in a rare overnight hearing. After the results of the May 12 assembly elections threw up a hung assembly, both the BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine had separately met the governor Vajubhai Vala and staked claim to form the next government. The governor, on Wednesday night, invited Yeddyurappa as leader of the single largest party, a move that was decried by the Congress which immediately approached the apex court to stall the oath taking ceremony. After a nearly three-and-a-half hour hearing, a three-judge bench refused to stay Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in. The court, however, said the swearing-in was subject to the final outcome of the matter before it and posted the case for further hearing at 10.30 a.m. on May 18.