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18 May 2018, 05:45 | Opal Carroll
Prime Minister Modi terms Karnataka victory as extraordinary, thanks the citizens of the state
Shastri said the result also cast the Congress party deeper into electoral decline. The BHP still needs the support of seven MLAs to form the government.
The BJP won 104 seats in the 224-member assembly, nine short of a majority. Yeddyurappa was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Governor at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters.
The dramatic hearing began around 2am and had Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the appellants and attorney general KK Venugopal and additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta representing the Union government.
BJP's BS Yeddyurappatook oath as Karnataka Chief Minister on May 17, however, the drama is far from over in the aftermath of the fractured mandate delivered by the people of Karnataka.
While it is certainly commendable that the Supreme Court heard the petition urgently and made Yeddyurappa's swearing-in conditional, it wasn't clear why the swearing-in couldn't be deferred till the bench was convinced the decision taken by the governor is consistent with law.
The Congress party, as well as the JD (S), are on Thursday moving their MLAs from Bengaluru to different locations to prevent them from defecting to BJP.
On BJP forming the government in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi in a tweet said it is "mockery of constitution".
The Bharatiya Janata Party's B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka state's top elected official in Bangalore, a key technology hub of India.
While the BJP argued that they were the single largest party to be invited first by the Governor, the JD-S and Congress said that 112 is the majority and Congress-JDS combined is at 117.
In his plea Jethmalani said, he has not come before the court in favour or against any party but has been hurt over the unconstitutional decision taken by the Governor.
"I have not spoken to Anand Singh. one of the Congress' MLAs told me that Singh had called him and expressed his problem".
Reports also claimed that former chief minister Mukul Sangma is also seeking appointment from the governor and discuss the Karnataka matter.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, who appeared in the court for the Congress-JD (S) alliance, said the Supreme Court deserves immeasurable kudos for sitting for more than three-and-a-half hours from 2 am on Thursday morning.
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