The Supreme Court, during the uncommon overnight hearing, declined to put a stay on BJP candidate BS Yeddyurappa’s oath-taking as Karnataka Chief Minister. Hearing an appeal by the Congress-JDS confluence, the court included that the government formation in the state would, be liable to the ultimate result of the case before it. Posting the issue for Friday, the court said it needed to see the letters dated May 15 and 16 presented by Yeddyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala staking case to form the next Karnataka government.
Talks of BJP forming the Government
Both Yeddyurappa and Congress-JDS met Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday. In the midst of the allegations of horse-trading, BJP MLA Suresh that the Governor has welcomed the BJP to frame government. Soon after, BJP’s Karnataka Twitter handle rolled out a tweet saying: “The minute that crores of Kannadigas are awaiting is here,” and affirmed the occasion of oath-taking. Congress came up with the tweet saying, “tantamount to murdering democracy, trampling Constitution, and disregarding all precedents.”
Congress Leaders Held Press Conference
Congress’ P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Thankla held a press conference discarding and bad-mouthing the Governor’s choice. Chidambaram said by welcoming Yeddyurappa, the Governor has chosen a risky way that is unlawful. The Congress referred to the Goa situation where the court maintained Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s welcome to BJP leader Manohar Parrikar to frame the government despite the fact that the Congress had risen as the single biggest party. While dismissing the Congress’ complaint on March 14, 2017, the Supreme Court had asked a floor test to be held in two days. ” Governor invites Mr Yeddyurappa to manufacture a majority in 15 days. Governor gives Mr Yeddyurappa 15 days to convert the number 104 into 111,” Chidambaram tweeted.
Governor’s Letter to Yeddyurappa
Putting a conclusion to all the suspense, Governor Valubhai Vala’s fn as the chief minister of Karnataka”. Further, it read, “I may also direct you that you would seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the house showing that you command the normal welcome to the BJP was rolled out. The letter read like, “I am in receipt of your letter dated 16th May 2018 informing me that you have been elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party of Karnataka. I am also in receipt of your letter dated 15th May 2018 staking claim to form the government. I invite you to form the government and be sworn confidence of the house. This process shall be completed within fifteen days from the date of the assumption your office as the chief minister of Karnataka”.
Congress Took to Supreme Court
The Congress hurried to the Supreme Court Registrar alleging the Governor’s choice, looking for an urgent hearing by the CJI. “Since swearing-in now announced for 9 am on 17/5/18, in a 9 pm invite by the governor today to BSY to form Govt, an urgency to seek the listing in sc tonite is self-validating. If sc registry accepts request on basis of pet settled by me and filed tonite, I will appear and argue tonite,” said Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Supreme Court Overnight Bench to Petition
The Supreme Court Registrar, in the wake of examining the application, reached the home of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra midnight around 12.30 am. The CJI shaped a three-judge bench, containing Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde, and Ashok Bhushan, to hear the issues.
Mukul Rohatgi speaking on behalf of BJP mentioned: “The petition should be dismissed, as the petitioners are trying to stultify a democratic process.” Rohatgi also criticized the manner and timing of petition saying that “Heavens will not fall if somebody is sworn-in. This is not a matter of life or death or as if someone is going to be hanged.”
SC Allowed Oath Taking
Directing the hearings towards an end, at 5.30 am, the Supreme Court said, “As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case.”
BS Yeddyurappa as New CM of Karnataka
Finally, BJP candidate BS Yeddyurappa took oath as new chief minister of Karnataka. He took to Twitter and said, “I seek your support and blessings as I take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow on May 17 at 9 AM in Raj Bhavan. Honorable Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath”.