Bengaluru: Sensing defeat in the floor test, BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka Chief Minister barely two days after swearing in to the post after high drama and amid a legal battle over Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite him to form government in the state despite lacking in numbers.
Following the Supreme Court's verdict on Friday, newly elected MLA,s were given oath by the pro term speaker in the Karnataka Assembly today morning. All the 221 MLAs, including 02 missing MLAs of the Congress, were present in the house.
As per the Supreme Court order, Yeddurappa was needed to prove majority in the house at 04:00 pm today. After the newly elected MLAs were administered the oath, Yeddyurappa stood at around 03:45 pm to address the house. Few minutes later admitting that he failed ro garner support from 08 more MLAs to stay in power he announced his resignation as Chief Minister and proceeded stratigh to Raj Bhavan.
Besides, newly elected MLAs, senior Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Malikarjun Kharge and other were seen in the visitors’ gallery of the Karnataka Assembly.
Earlier, in the morning the Karnataka Assembly saw high drama when 02 Congress MLAs, who were missing since last two days, appeared in the house and literally pushing the BJP MLAs and rushed to the area where Congress and Janata Dal (S) members were sitting.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party winning 104 seats in the recently concluded state elections. This however was 08 short of halfway mark 112 needed to form the government.
In another development soon after the results Congress with 78 MLAs and Janata Dal (S) with 37 members announced to form an alliance government in the state. Governor Vajubhai Vala however ignoring the claim by Congress-JD (S), invited Yeddyurappa as leader of the single largest party to form the government and gave him 15 days to prove the majority.
Shocked by the Governor’s decision, Congress and Janata Dal (S) approached the Supreme Court. The Apex Court in a rare 02:00 am hearing over their petition refused to stay the swearing in of Yeddyurappa but asked him to prove majority today on Saturday.
Karnataka Governor’s hasty decision boomeranged with Yeddyurappa’s decision today but not before leaving a nationwide impact especially in Bihar, Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya. The Congress which is single largest party in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya and RJD which is single largest party in Bihar have already met the governor in each state and seeking adoption of Karnataka model, staked claim to form the government.
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