In a big setback for the Congress, the Supreme Court has refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, in an unprecedented overnight hearing. Mr Yeddyurappa had been invited by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, last evening, to form government in Karnataka and was given 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house – Can’t Stop A Chief Minister From Swearing In, Says Supreme Court
WE Can’t Stop A Chief Minister From Swearing In, Says Supreme Court
The Congress wanted the governor’s decision to be cancelled, calling it an “encounter of the Constitution”. The BJP contends that it should be allowed to form the government as it is the single largest party. The Congress disputes the claim, citing the precedent set by the BJP in Goa and Manipur last year. In both states, the Congress emerged as the single-largest party but the BJP cobbled up alliances and was invited to form the government.
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JDS and said, “This petition is a subject of hearing later on.” Supreme Court also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply, reports news agency
Supreme Court says swearing-in and government formation would be subject to outcome of petition before it.
Mukul Rohatgi, citing Goa’s case, says though the Congress was single largest party it didn’t stake claim, so the BJP was called.